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Thursday, April 22, 2004

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Goshen College business students honored for excellence


GOSHEN, Ind. — Four senior Goshen College business students recently received honors for their academic achievements and competent work in the field.

Chris Westerbeek (Goshen) was given the Wall Street Journal Award, the top departmental honor sponsored by the “Wall Street Journal,” and recognized for his academic performance in the classroom and leadership roles as student assistant and tutor in the department. This award is given to a student chosen by the business faculty for their academic achievement in the business department. “Chris has assisted the department in a variety of projects outside of the classroom in addition to being an outstanding student in his classes,” said Associate Professor of Business Michelle Horning. Westerbeek, an accounting major, just completed an internship at Morningstar, a global investment research firm in Chicago. He is the son of Carl and Barbara Westerbeek and is a 2000 graduate of Bethany Christian High School. He attends Waterford Mennonite Church.


Aaron Wieand (Goshen) received the Indiana CPA Society Award. This award is given to an outstanding accounting major on the basis of their academic achievement, involvement in campus activities, communication ability and potential for success as a certified public accountant. “Aaron has done outstanding work in the business department, been a top player on the men’s tennis team and worked as a statistician for the men’s basketball team,” said Horning.

Wieand just completed an internship at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. He is the son of Jonathan and Mary Ann Wieand and is a 1999 graduate of Bethany Christian High School. He attends Waterford Mennonite Church.


The business department also gives its own departmental scholarship awards. Kendra King (Hutchinson, Kan.) was honored as an outstanding business major. “Her positive attitude, in addition to her academic performance, made her an excellent candidate for this award,” said Horning.

King has also participated in choir while a student at Goshen College. In June, she will begin work as an admissions counselor for Hesston (Kan.) College. King is the daughter of Kenneth and Judy King and is a 1999 graduate of Haven High School. She attends South Hutchinson Mennonite Church.


Simon Halder (Parnell, Iowa) was honored for being an outstanding business information systems major. Horning said, “In addition to his excellent academic performance, Simon has been instrumental in assisting the department in maintaining the Advanced Technology Computer Lab.”

This summer Halder will begin an internship in a university political science department in Ankara, Turkey. He is the son of John and Nancy Halder and is a 1999 graduate of Iowa Mennonite High School. He attends West Union Mennonite Church.

Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” Kaplan’s “Most Interesting Colleges” guide and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit https://www.goshen.edu/.

Editors: For more information, contact News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.



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