Introduction of Recipient By Dean Daniel Goebel
I am proud to introduce Rachel Kelley as the School of Business & Management Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recipient.
Rachel came to Brockport as a transfer student in spring 2019. She is an accounting major who has earned a 3.98 overall GPA and has been on the President’s List three out of four semesters. One of Rachel’s faculty nominators said, “If I had a Hall of Fame to recognize my exceptional students, Rachel would be a member.”
When I think of students with professional promise, Rachel is at the top of the list. She has been accepted to Brockport’s MS in Accounting program for fall 2021. By that time, she will have completed four internships in total with three different employers. Rarely do we see a student with the quality and variety of internships that Rachel has had along with the unwavering dedication to pursue them.
During tax season, Rachel worked 30 to 40 hours a week while juggling a full-time course load. In a summer internship at a local company, she worked extensively with various accounting software programs. Rachel’s contribution to the company led her supervisor to comment on the “amazing success” they had with her. To enhance her work experience even more, Rachel interviewed for and landed a very competitive summer 2021 internship at Deloitte, which is a Big Four accounting firm attracting candidates from all over the world. Clearly, Rachel’s knowledge, experience, and professional presence add to SUNY Brockport’s reputation for delivering quality talent to our employer partners.
In the hours that Rachel is not working in or outside the classroom, she tutors other students in both accounting and economics courses. Rachel also is on the executive board of the Accounting Society, one of the School of Business and Management’s most active student-led clubs.
In her essay, Rachel indicated “the decision that I made at the beginning of 2019 to transfer to Brockport has changed my life and set me up for success in my future career.” We in the School have no doubt that Rachel will find success in her chosen profession and be an active and engaged alumnus. Please join me in congratulating Rachel Kelley.
Rachel Kelley, Outstanding Undergraduate Student
The School of Business and Management Outstanding Undergraduate Award recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary student. To qualify, a student must be a graduating senior and have a GPA of at least 3.75. The recipient also must display a strong willingness to improve their community by participating in worthwhile campus and local organizations. Through their accomplishments at the College, the individual will show great promise in the business professions. Moreover, their involvement in campus activities will predict that they will actively represent the ideals of the School and the College upon graduation.
About Rachel Kelley
Rachel Kelley is completing a major in accounting with a 3.98 GPA. Beyond her studies, Rachel was an active member on campus. Her activities included: Treasurer of the Accounting Society (August 2019-Present), an accounting tutor (2019-Present), an employee at Wegmans Food Markets (Present), an intern for Davie Kaplan, CPA (Spring 2020 and Spring 2021) as well as, an intern at CooperVision (Summer 2020). Throughout her time at Brockport, Rachel’s dedication to her studies gave her the opportunity to receive various awards. These include being on the President’s List for fall 2019, spring 2020, and fall 2020, as well as, receiving the AP Professionals Scholarship through Brockport for the academic year of 2020-2021. Upon completion of her degree, Rachel plans on returning to SUNY Brockport to receive her master’s in accounting. Rachel’s career aspirations are to become a CPA. Rachel would attribute to her success to the institution of SUNY Brockport, and she is grateful for all of the opportunities and life lessons she has learned throughout her time at the College.