Four Cohort 7 students earn peer awards

Top students of Stetson University’s Executive MBA’s Cohort 7 hold their gifts after learning that fellow students picked them for honors. They are Penny Miller, named Top Student Overall; Norbert Dean, named Cool Under Pressure; Gillian Cady, Team Player and Chuck Rivas, Best Humor.

Toasts, cheers, honors and feasting marked the end of studies March 19 for a group of MBA students at the Stetson Center at Celebration who completed the life-changing goal of earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Members of the cohort picked Penny Miller of Clermont, a human resources partner for Disney, as the Top Student Overall. Gillian Cady, a Disney project manager of Minneola, was chosen to receive the Team Player Award. Classmates chose Chuck Rivas of Apopka, who works in information technology for Disney, as the student with the Best Humor, and Norbert Dean of Windermere received the Cool Under Pressure Award.

“The experience was all that I hoped for and much more,” Miller said of her EMBA courses. “I have been applying classroom learning’s in my work since my first month in the program.” The understanding she gained, she said, helps her “bring a new level of overall business acumen to the table” in her professional role.

These students and other EMBA graduates will receive diplomas at Stetson University commencement ceremonies on May 7.