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VILLANOVA, PA, May 24, 2010—The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) at the Villanova School of Business (VSB) is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award. David Nawrocki, PhD, and Matthew Clark VSB ’10 received the award during the Class of 2010 Graduates’ Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 15.
David Nawrocki, who holds the Katherine M. and Richard J. Salisbury, Jr. Endowed Chair in Finance, was selected for his curricular innovations which connect students’ classroom learning with real-world practice. In 2005 he created the Villanova Equity Society, a student-run organization that provides real-world experience through the management of equity securities. Nawrocki was also honored for his creation of VSB’s Student Managed Fund (SMF) program. Since its inception, the SMF program has increased to five student-managed investment funds—four of which follow social responsibility guidelines.
MBA student recipient Matthew Clark VSB ’10 identified an opportunity to enhance the overall experience of VSB’s graduate students through coordinated events that focus on professional, social, and philanthropic themes. Clark created the Graduate Business Student Roundtable for each of VSB’s seven graduate business programs. The student-run organization leverages the strengths and backgrounds of VSB’s diverse student body to add value to their collective experience and to benefit the university and surrounding community.
“It gives me great pride to award David Nawrocki and Matthew Clark the Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award,” says Patrick Maggitti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management and Director of VSB’s ICE Center. “Both Professor Nawrocki and Matthew saw opportunities to improve the educational experience of VSB students and developed innovative and creative solutions. Their efforts have had an immediate impact and will be appreciated by students for many years to come.”
Inspired, designed, and endowed by Patrick Meyer VSB ’74, the Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award was created in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86, and C. Paul '28) to recognize a spirit of innovation and creative excellence that enhances VSB and Villanova University. Meyer ICE Award winners receive a crystal statuette designed by Patrick Meyer and a cash award ($2,500 for faculty recipients; $1,000 for student recipients).
Founded in 1922, The Villanova School of Business is ranked #20 in the nation among undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The school is home to six Centers of Excellence in the areas of business analytics, creativity and innovation; marketing and public policy; global leadership; church management; and real estate.
The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) serves as a driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within one of VSB’s core strategic pillars of excellence which include a global mindset, ethics, technology, and innovation.