Niagara University’s College of Business Administration presented awards to three businesses, two current students and an alumnus during its 21st Annual Business Appreciation and Accounting Banquet, which was held at the Conference Center Niagara Falls on April 19, 2011.
Alfonso Oddo was not one of the award recipients, but a portion of the evening was dedicated to honoring the retiring accounting professor who has taught at Niagara since 1972. All of the proceeds from the event will be used to establish the Alfonso Oddo Accounting Scholarship, a fund that was jump-started by a $5,000 donation from Mark IV LLC, one of the banquet’s honorees.
“I am very honored and grateful for this scholarship in my name that will help to benefit future Niagara students,” Oddo said after the scholarship was officially announced. “Thank you to all of those who have contributed to supporting this scholarship, and especially now to Mark IV Industries, and to all of you; everyone here tonight, your presence here is supporting this scholarship so I thank you for your support.”
Earlier in the evening, Niagara’s College of Business Administration presented Mark IV LLC, a leading engine technology company, with its Corporate Leadership Award. Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, an ecumenical retreat and conference centre, was named Canadian Business of the Year while J.D. Calato Mfg. Co. Inc., an international drumstick manufacturer, was selected as Family Business of the Year. Andrew M. Eassa, BBA ’73, who also played a significant role in launching the Oddo Scholarship, was recognized as this year’s Distinguished Accounting Alumnus. Finally, Jenifer L. Maynard earned the award for Outstanding MBA Student and Suzanne Curry took home the title of Outstanding Undergraduate Student.
Sponsors of this year’s event included CTG, Mark IV, Ansell Buffington & Company, Gaines Kriner Elliott LLP, Lumsden & McCormick LLP, Washington Mills and Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP.
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