Bisk College of Business Recognizes Jones, Miller-Kermani, Manley

By  //  April 17, 2012

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Dean Becker presents the Outstanding Business Leader award to Claudia Haines Jones. (Image For


BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Claudia Haines Jones received the award for Outstanding Business Leader in recognition of her contributions to entrepreneurial leadership in education and community service; Laraine Schultz and Mary Baldwin received The Women’s Business Center Leadership Awards in recognition of their commitment and service;  and Dr. Roger Manley and Dr. Carolyn Fausnaugh were honoured as retirees for their years of service to the Business College.

Dr. Donn Miller-Kermani, the Institute’s deputy chief operating officer, was also honored for her role as former director of The Women’s Business Center and her service to the small business community.

The Awards Banquet also recognized both individual scholarship awardees and student inductees in Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business. This was the 25th annual induction ceremony for Delta Mu Delta on the Florida Tech campus.

Educating Future Entrepreneurial Leaders

Honorees and  guests were reminded of the Business College’s statement of Vision:  Excellence in Educating Future Entrepreneurial Leaders.  They were also reminded of the College’s Core Values:  Innovation,  Diversity, Ethics and Leadership.

Leadership awards for their service to The Women's Business Center went to Laraine Schultz, Dr. Donn Miller-Kermani and Mary Ellen Baldwin. (Image For

In the core value of Innovation, the Business College seeks to create value and manage change in the 21st century; in Diversity, the College’s mission is to value individual contributions and respect cultural and social differences in a global environment; in Ethics, the aim is to make thoughtful decisions, set high standards and be accountable to stakeholders and society as a whole; and in Leadership, the College seeks to foster critical thinking, be effective as a collaberator and foster creativity in solving complex problems.

The welcome was given by College Dean Dr. Ann Becker and an address to the Banquet was given by Florida Institute of Technology President, Dr. Anthony Catanese.  The venue was the Jack and Martha Hartley Room in the Denius Student Center.

All the awards were presented on behalf of the Nathan M Bisk College of Business by Dean Becker.

Recognizing Scholastic Achievement

The purposes of Delta Mu Delta are to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic achievement in business studies.

Delta Mu Delta was founded in 1913 at the School of Commerce  of new York University by five professors from Harvard University, New York University and Yale University.  They beleived that recognition should be given to outstanding students of business subjects.  Membership is by invitation, limited to students who meet the highest of acedemic standards including GPA and class rank and is a life-time honor.

The Greek letters in the Society’s name stand for Dia Mathessos Dynamis, signifying Delta Mu Delta’s motto:  Through Knowledge, Power.

Dr. Roger Manley was made a retiring honoree for 35 years of service to the Nathan M Bisk College of Business. (Image For

Student inductees into Delta Mu Delta were Theodore Alex, Marc Bielak, Brendan Boley, Austin Catherman, Bonette Crowe, Jesiah Feltus, Jessica Fulford, Jacqueline Griffin, Hsu-Hui Huang, Kaylin Jaichon, Kathryn Kingfield, Kalle Mansson, Nathan Marles, Rian Mehta, Roselyn Piscitelli, Gregory Poulin, Chelsea Pushman, Christine Ragona, Christopher Sailer,  Matthew Schwanda, Yielleen St. Amour, Salime Torbey, Robert Wilkes and Seth Wofford.

Student scholarships were awarded to Thomas Veltri, Yiellen St. Amour, John Sterling, William Browne, Zhiyun Wang, Kristina Milia, MacKenzie Stevens, Kraig Clabough, Renaldo Magnaye Lachica, Nathan Marles, Kaylin Jaichon, Dwight Pate and Jaylene Becker.

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Nathan M. Bisk, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bisk Education, is the namesake of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business.  The college was so-named for Bisk in August 2009 to recognize his generous, ongoing support of Florida Institute of Technology.

Bisk founded Bisk Education in 1971 and is responsible for directing the strategic activities of the business, including forming and communicating the vision to its employees and driving the company’s market focus. Mr. Bisk is a nationally known author of taxation, accounting and auditing texts, as well as continuing education programs.

Dr. Carolyn Fausnaugh was made a retiring honoree in recognition of her service to the Business College. (Image For

The College of Business is an integral academic unit of Florida Institute of Technology. The college provides well-rounded, high-quality educational experiences to prepare graduates for a variety of careers in the global business environment.

Small class sizes provide the opportunity for the faculty to get to know their students on a first-name basis from the moment they arrive on campus.  Class sizes range from five to 35 and average less than 20 students per class.

International Students

Current undergraduate enrollment is made up of 30 percent international students, coming from such countries as Brazil, Italy, Norway, Israel, Haiti, Jamaica, Australia, and India.  This mix provides for rich classroom discussions involving today’s global business environment.

Perhaps the most unique experience students have in the college is the ability to engage in a “hands-on” education.  All of the  undergraduate students are required to take an academically-based internship (called a Practicum) that involves working in a local company to gain experience in their major during their senior year.

Being close to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, as well as having local major technology companies such as Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and NASA, means that students have a unique opportunity to work in the high-tech industry while studying at Florida Tech.

A number of our MBA students are already employed in these firms or in high-tech entrepreneurial start-ups while they are pursuing their degrees.