Fox School Gives IMPACT Awards to Innovative Collaborative Projects

August 28, 2017 //
The Center for Student Professional Development with Dean Porat at the IMPACT Awards ceremony.


The Fox School of Business and the School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management’s inaugural IMPACT Awards ceremony was held in Alter Hall on April 27, 2017. The awards were given to Fox School faculty and staff for exceptional group achievements that made a major impact, including service, teaching, and research contributions.

Applying the peer review approach, the 23 nominations were submitted for evaluation to the entire Fox community. One hundred and twenty-eight faculty and staff members provided ratings. Prizes included glass trophies, customized merchandise to commemorate the achievement, a special group experience, and financial rewards.

“We introduced the IMPACT Awards to recognize the leading group achievements within the Fox School and STHM,” says Dean M. Moshe Porat. “As our schools continue to grow, it will be increasingly critical that we identify areas of opportunity for collaboration between colleagues in order to achieve truly special outcomes. I would like to once again extend my congratulations to everyone involved with the winning projects.”

There were many worthy nominees this year, but only the three top rated entries received IMPACT Awards. The Center for Student Professional Development team won for their impact on student careers, the Temple Analytics Challenge for creating a unique analytics learning opportunity, and the Temple Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for their decade-long volunteer tax preparation work.

To learn more about these exceptional accomplishments, see the full program descriptions below.

Professional Development: The CSPD “Difference” in the Fox Degree

The Center for Student Professional Development—including Corinne M. Snell, Danielle Harlop, Janis Moore Campbell, Jill A. McGovern, Meredith Okenquist, Katie D. Scheuer, Megan Panaccio, Francesca Gonzales, Lindsay Marek, Pamela Lyman, Ayana Pilgrim-Brown—won for their work on incorporating an essential professional development component into the Fox School’s numerous degree programs. CSPD has positively impacted thousands of BBA, MBA, MS, and PhD students helping them to be prepared to excel on the job market and succeed in whichever career path they may choose.

The Temple Analytics Challenge wins an IMPACT Award.

Temple Analytics Challenge

MIS Department Chair David Schuff and Laurel Miller won for their work with the Temple Analytics Challenge, the annual data analytics and visualization competition organized by the Institute for Business and Information Technology. The Challenge—which involves students from across the university tackling real world problem scenarios from companies like Lockheed Martin, Merck, and QVC, and competing for $12,000 in prizes—has received nearly 1000 entries since its founding four years ago.

The Temple Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program accepts IMPACT Award.

Temple Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Representatives from Accounting, Human Resource Management, and the Center for Student Professional Development—namely Steven Balsam, David Ryan, Judith Flaxman, Sheri Risler, Dominique Kliger, DeAnn Willsey, Gwendolyn Bond, and Meredith Okenquist— won for their work with the Temple Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Founded in 2008, the program connects Fox School students with Philadelphia community members to help them prepare federal, state, and local tax returns. They have helped prepare over 3,000 returns and have generated over $4 million dollars of federal and state tax refunds/rebates. In addition to benefiting the community, it provides Fox students valuable experiential learning.

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