UCF’s new management spotlight shines on SGA senator

Spotlight recipient, Jacob Milich, holds his award on Oct. 27 with Stephen Goodman, Ph.D., chair of the Management Department. Photo courtesy of Management Student Spotlight.

UCF’s Management Department program will now spotlight students with a new award known as the “Management Student Spotlight.” 

The award was created by Lauryn De George, Ed.D., associate instructor of management, and Lynn Becker, assistant department chair of the management department, to encourage and recognize successful students within the management department.

The first recipient of this award is Jacob Milich, an SGA senator, management student and recent member of the A&SF Budget Committee. 

“Dr. De George and I are excited about the launch of the Management Student Spotlight and proud to have Jacob Milich as our first recipient,” Becker said.

Milich was chosen for a number of reasons, but his recent heavy involvement in SGA is what made him stand out, De George said.

“Being a management student has influenced my success at UCF by providing specific, actionable information that I’ve been able to use to more effectively lead people and organizations,” Milich said.

A different management student will be chosen monthly to be in the spotlight, and those who are chosen will receive a recognition certificate, a notice posted on the management department information boards, a photo opportunity and meeting with faculty and leaders in the department.

“I created this program to showcase the variety of career choices available with a management degree and to showcase some of our success stories,” De George said.

De George and Becker had many informal conversations about student success stories that ultimately sparked the idea for the program, Becker said.

“Like most faculty, we receive a great deal of satisfaction from seeing our students achieve success along their academic and professional journeys,” Becker said.  “The Management Student Spotlight is a way to share those student accomplishments with others and provide formal recognition to well deserving students.”

November marks the first month the program is in effect. The program members have not yet decided who will be the face of the December award yet.

There is a certain criteria students who are wishing to be recognized in this program have to meet, De George said.

“The nominating and selection committee looks for students with a recent accomplishment, new job or internship that is significant, in a leadership position in a student organization, preferably management focused, and has a 3.0 GPA or better,” De George said.

For more information please contact Management Student Spotlight co-founder, Lauryn De George, Ed.D.