Palm Beach Atlantic University recognized three students with scholarships at the American Free Enterprise Day ceremonies on Nov. 9.
This year marked the 25th year of the event, which honors community business leaders who put into practice the principles of free enterprise in their lives and careers. It also has become a day to encourage future business leaders by conferring scholarships.
|Dr. Leslie Turner (second from right), interim dean of PBA's Rinker School of Business, presents scholarships to three students during the American Free Enterprise Day ceremony. The recipients are, from left, Bobbi Thornton, Kathryn Sumner and Jordan Kimmey.|
Jordan Kimmey of Dayton, Ohio, was awarded the Col. Marty Trauger Scholarship. The scholarship honors Col. Trauger, the late professor emeritus of business administration in PBA's Rinker School of Business. Col. Trauger spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1970 as a colonel and deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va. He then launched a new career at Palm Beach Atlantic as an assistant professor of business administration, teaching economics and marketing, while serving as the director of financial aid. Col. Trauger designed PBA's course in American Free Enterprise. He was named Distinguished Professor of Business Administration in 1988 and, in 1991, he became Professor Emeritus of Business Administration. Kimmey, a sophomore, is involved in intramural sports and several campus organizations, including Nu Delta Nu. He also has a 3.9 GPA.
Kathryn Sumner of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., was awarded the James & Annie Erneston Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Steve Scalici, '95/'96, in recognition of the Ernestons' good works, generosity and faithfulness. The Ernestons themselves were honored during the 2010 American Free Enterprise event as companion medalists. James Erneston is a founder and the president of J & J Produce Inc., a year-round grower and distributor of fruit and vegetables along the East Coast. He and Annie, his wife of 45 years, grew J & J Produce into the institution it is today. Headquartered in Loxahatchee, Fla., J & J operates five warehouse locations throughout the Southeast and has the capacity to serve most of the United States. Sumner, who also was awarded the scholarship last year, is a senior majoring in business management. She has participated in the University's Impact Leadership Team, won the Freshman Leader of the Year award and been a Point 58 leader. She now co-directs Point 58, a ministry team of student leaders who live in the residence halls and help create the spiritual atmosphere on the floor. Along with leading a mission trip to Lebanon, Sumner is a member of Sigma Beta Delta business honor society. She attends Grace Immanuel Bible Church, where she and her husband, Chance, teach Sunday school.
Bobbi Thornton of Tiverton, R.I., was awarded the Southern Self Storage Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Southern Self Storage owners Robert A. McIntosh and Peter V. Cowie, who received PBA's American Free Enterprise Companion Medal in 1999. A business management major, Thornton is an assistant for the Impact Leadership Team, a member of the Chapel Worship Ministry, a freshmen peer mentor and a member of the school's Welcome Week Steering Committee. Off campus, she works for Chick-fil-A and volunteers bi-monthly in the nursery at Grace Fellowship church.