Student Award Recipients

Posted: Thursday, March 14th 2013 at 5:52 AM

The results for this year’s student award recipients are in and two students from FCB-Business Division and FCB-HRM made it onto the list. Jose Diaz was awarded with the distinguished senior award while Kimmie Stradling was awarded the standard bearer award. Both were honored to have been selected.

Diaz, a dual accounting and marketing major, is set to become the first person in his family to receive a college degree but he almost didn’t make it to college.

“After high school, I worked some odd jobs here and there for about a year until my dad and I had a very serious conversation about my future,” he said. “After this serious conversation, my dad finally convinced me to go to college…. It was not easy by any means. I got accepted three days before the semester started and did not even have a place to live yet, but my parents were behind me 100%.”

He’s been very involved around campus throughout his time at NAU, dedicating his time to being an FCB Mentor and Academic Success Coach as well as contributing to organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi, the Hispanic Honor Society and Arizona Vive Institute.

“I manage to stay successful in all of my classes by keeping a strict schedule and keeping my focus on one thing at a time. Keeping a strict schedule allows me to anticipate any surprises and manage my time effectively. Focusing on one thing at a time also keeps me from being overwhelmed with school and other outside commitments I have.”

Stradling, an HRM student, was nominated because of her strength and tireless spirit. She has continued to work hard to be successful in school despite undergoing thirteen major surgeries to remove a large cyst on her brain which doctors discovered early on in her education.

“I was completely shocked when I found out I won this award,” she said. “It has been so hard being home instead of at school for my last semester, so it is very humbling to see that someone cared enough to nominate me.”

By reaching this great milestone of college graduation, Stradling proved how strong one can be as long as they’re determined enough.

“Graduating was always my goal and I refused to give up,” she said. “The professors have been amazing and so helpful, but my determination is what allows me to graduate on time. I was not going to let my surgeries and illness stop me. While I'm not surprised that I'm graduating, it is slightly surreal looking back at what I went through. Relearning how to walk and dealing with the unknown of the future is never easy, but I'm a fighter.”

Both students undoubtedly deserve to receive these awards for what they’ve accomplished during their time here.

“To me I'm just Kimmie and I try to think I am a normal college student. I am truly blessed and am so thankful for everyone who has supported me and helped me along this crazy journey,” Stradling said. “My biggest motivation has been my friends, families, and teachers but also to see what the future has in store for me. I'm excited about the new adventure and the stage of life I am about to face.”

“To be honest, I did not expect it all; The W.A. Franke College of Business is full of talented students who work just as hard as I do, and I think this award could have gone to any of these students,” said Diaz. “A big thank you to all the faculty who voted for me.”



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