Second Century Dinner Celebrates Business School, Students and Alumni

The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business’ Second Century Dinner brought together nearly 300 current faculty, students, alumni and corporate representatives for recognitions and updates from Dr. Dean McFarlin, dean of the school, on March 30.

McFarlin discussed strategic goals, the campaign to transform Rockwell Hall and new academic programs and enhancements before awards were presented to students and alumni in the Power Center Ballroom. Addressing the crowd, McFarlin shared the tremendous progress the school has made over the past year, thanks to the help of alumni and friends.

“Indeed, contributions from distinguished alumni are helping us offer experiential learning opportunities for our students, support cutting-edge faculty research and build 21st century learning spaces,” McFarlin said. “We are committed to achieving distinctive excellence and embrace the path that lies ahead.”

Honorees at the event were:

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Jon Kinol, managing director of Credit Suisse, graduated from Duquesne in 1985 with a BSBA degree in accounting.

Young Alumni Achievement Award Winner

Matthew Helfrich, president of Waldron Private Wealth, graduated from Duquesne in 2003 with a BSBA degree in investment management and an executive financial planning certificate. He also is a member of the Duquesne University CFP Education Advisory Board and the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business Investment Center Advisory Council.

James J. Byrne Award for Responsible Leadership

Awarded to the part-time MBA student whose academic, professional and community service record exemplifies the business school’s values, this honor went to Stephen Erskine.

Beard Award for Leadership in Ethics

Presented to the senior who has shown dedication to the mission statement of Duquesne by demonstrating commitment to moral and spiritual values, the awardee was Dorian L. Evans.

Beard Award for Leadership in Ethics Runner-Up

Megan A. McDonald

Dominion Distinguished Scholar Award

Presented to the senior who best exemplifies intellect, character and business insight, this honor went to Panisara Pummalee.