The College of Business Administration recently celebrated the success of their seniors at the 46th annual Everett W. Ockerman Award Presentation on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at the Niagara Falls Country Club. This event recognizes the incredible hard work and dedication to academics shown by our top business seniors who have achieved an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. The Ockerman celebration provides an opportunity to applaud our business seniors while enjoying food, fellowship and conversations with students, parents, faculty, staff, and special guests.
The ceremony is named after Dr. Everett W. Ockerman and is inspired by his service to Niagara. Dr. Ockerman was a member of the faculty for 30 years and was chair of the Dept. of Commerce for over 20 years. He served on virtually every major University committee. He introduced track and cross country into the sports program, coaching as well as recruiting students. He organized the first business fraternity on campus. In addition, after his retirement in 1975, the Ockermans generously provided Niagara funds for the Helen K. and Everett W. Ockerman scholarship and for this annual event, recognizing graduating business seniors for their hard work in achieving academic excellence.
Dr. Ian Burt, Chair of the Accounting Dept. served as the emcee of the event. He recognized and thanked both the faculty and families in attendance for their contribution to the students success.
Dr. Ann Rensel, Associate Dean provided a biography on Dr. Ockerman, discussing his many accomplishments, his tremendous support of Niagara and its students and how his legacy continues to provide opportunities for students to achieve their educational aspirations.
Rev. Aidan R. Rooney, C.M. V.P. for Mission Integration provided the Invocation.
The presentation of awards by the faculty was next with students from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing receiving certificates.
Dr. Ann Rensel provided the closing remarks congratulating the students on their success and offering a thank you to everyone in attendance at the event.