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 Students Excel in Academics and Leadership Roles

May graduates Jenny Helms, BS (ACCT), and Amanda Teder, BSM, were the recipients of this year's Emanuel Thorton Weiler Award. The award, established as a tribute to the founder and first dean of the Krannert School of Management, is presented to the senior undergraduate whose academic performance and extracurricular activities best represent the qualities reflected in Weiler's work at Purdue.

Academics and Extracurricular Activities Mix Well

Jenny Helms, who graduated with highest distinction, held the Eleanor Kaplan Scholarship in her junior and senior years. She is a member of both the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary. As president of Beta Gamma Sigma, she helped to organize this year's School of Management Spring Honors Banquet.The recipient of the Indiana CPA Society Outstanding Accounting Student award, Helms says her interest in accounting goes back to high school. "One of my grandfathers is in accounting, and he encouraged me to follow my interest in college," she says. Helms was one of two students chosen for the Financial Executive Institute Award in both her junior and senior years and was one of 10 students selected for the School of Management Outstanding Senior Award.

It wasn't all academics, however. Helms enjoyed being a member of Purdue's "All-American" Marching Band Flag Corps from 1998-2001. She also served as chairman of the board of directors in 2000-01 for the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation, publishers of The Exponent. In October 2000, Helms was a member of the Krannert case competition team that placed in the top four in the International Business Challenge at the University of Texas in Austin. "I'd never pushed my limits the way I did working with the team in competition. It taught me so much about myself and what I was capable of," she says.

From 1999-2001, Helms served as a teaching assistant (TA) for MGMT 200, Introductory Accounting. Helms says that being a TA was one of her best college experiences. "I learned to communicate clearly and concisely so that my students could more easily understand." Practical experience also came from her summer internships, first as an accounting intern with R.R. Donelley & Sons in the summer of 1999, and the next summer as a health care intern with Blue & Co., Indianapolis. Following her 2001 summer internship with Ernst & Young in Indianapolis, Helms plans to begin work on a master's degree in accounting at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

Helms is the 11th member of her family to attend Purdue, starting with a great grandfather who studied military science. Her parents, as well as one set of grandparents, met at Purdue.

Leadership Evolves from Involvement
Amanda Teder

Amanda Teder believes in getting involved. "One of my goals when I entered college was to explore my options and take advantage of all the opportunities I could, while at the same time giving back in as many ways as possible," Teder says. "I never focused on trying to become a leader. I just became involved when I saw a need or had an interest. Leadership has been a byproduct."

Teder's many involvements included serving as a hostess for the Old Masters program, being part of the Faskillitators Student Group, chairing the company relations committee for the School of Management Employers Forum (SMEF), and serving as chair of day events for the Barbara G. Doster Leadership Forum.

Teder also worked actively with the School of Management Council (SMC), serving as its president in 2000. "My involvement in SMC as a freshman was a confidence builder," says Teder. "The SMC members were good role models. From my involvement came other opportunities."

In her junior year, Teder was appointed by Gov. Frank O'Bannon to a two-year term on the Purdue University Board of Trustees. "I guess what was so unique about it for me was my age ... being with people at a different stage of life, people who had accomplished so much early on," she says. "Just being around them was inspiring. The people I worked with are unbelievably dedicated to Purdue; they give selflessly of their time. I learned a lot about leadership from them."      

From a student's perspective, says Teder, her selection as one of the 10 Iron Key members in her senior year was a "capstone experience." The students, along with four faculty and administration honorees, meet once a week year-round to work on a project to enhance Purdue. "Our project was to design and lay out a team-building ropes course near Horticulture Park," she says. "The relationships we built went way beyond designing and building the course."

In addition to the Emanuel Thorton Weiler Award, Teder's honors included the School of Management Outstanding Senior Award, the Charles O. McGauhey Leadership Award, and the Flora Roberts Award, which is given for outstanding scholarship, leadership, character, and service to the Purdue University community.

Teder is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and the Order of Omega, and is a member of Mortar Board National Honor Society. As an undergraduate she held both a Krannert Alumni Scholarship and a Management Scholarship. 

"The School of Management gave me a great background," says Teder. "Now, in the workplace, I have what it takes to succeed." Since September, that workplace has been in Cincinnati at Procter & Gamble, where Teder works in market research in the baby-care division. "I know that every business operates a bit differently," Teder says, "but the Krannert School of Management provided me with a skill set that will enable me to contribute in countless business situations."

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