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SA/MBA Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions

On Wednesday, March 30th Scott Blackburn (OD) and Tynesia Boyea-Robinson (OI) were awarded the prestigious SA/MBA awards for their outstanding contributions to the HBS community. Presented by SA Co-Presidents Jeff Liaw (OA) and Les Williams (OC) on their final day in office, the awards recognized Scott’s and Ty’s leadership efforts that went above and beyond the call of duty. Steve Nelson, Executive Director, MBA Program and Ron Peracchio, Co-Director, Student and Academic Services also attended the breakfast ceremony.

The SA/MBA awards were created as a joint effort by the SA and the MBA administration to recognize students who have made a significant difference in the HBS community. The awards are unique in several ways.

For one, nominations can come from any member of the HBS Community: faculty, staff, students, and partners. Second, all MBA students are eliglible – both RCs and ECs. Lastly, nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and awards are made throughout the year as outstanding achievements surface – there are not a set number of awards given out on specific dates. Once a student has been nominated, an Awards Committee (comprised of both students and staff) carefully considers the following: Leadership, Initiative, Selfless-Service, Contribution to the Community, and Building Community Connectivity. Including the two most recent recipients, a total of eight SA/MBA awards have been granted this year.

Scott Blackburn (OD)
As the founder of the Business of Sports Club, Scott has made it his mission to help HBS students find internships and job opportunities in this hard-to-access industry. From organizing speaker events and panels to leading the NY Business of Sports Trek (where the group was addressed by the CFO of Major League Baseball, among others), Scott has selflessly helped the HBS community access the professional sports industry and has created awareness within the industry about the value of an MBA.

When presenting Scott with his award, SA Co-President Jeff Liaw commented, “What is really unusual is for Scott to work as hard as he has to cultivate relationships and then to share them so openly with his peers. His generosity has really been exceptional.”

Scott credited his family with his passion for sports, “as one of five [children] in my family, spread over 16 years, its hard to have a lot in common, but we all play fantasy football together.” He sees great opportunities both for sports to bring communities together, and also for MBAs to add value in an industry that is becoming more and more sophisticated.

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson (OI)
Ty achieved campus celebrity status last year she played the role of Anne Dawn Chort in the 2004 HBS Show, Terms of Endowment. Her stand out, spellbinding solo, “One Moment in TOM,” brought the house to standing ovations each night. However, in addition to spending hours rehearsing and on stage, Ty has also played an instrumental behind-the-scenes role in our community. As co-chair of the AASU H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference held in February 2004, Ty organized over 600 attendees (including current HBS students, alumni, faculty, prospective students, prominent business leaders, corporate sponsors, and Boston residents) making the conference one of the largest club events sponsored by HBS. With the aim of creating a forum to exchange ideas and knowledge critical to the success of African-American business leaders, the conference is well aligned with the mission of Harvard Business School to have an impact and make a difference in the world.

When presenting Ty with her award, SA Chief Financial Officer Ivan Moller (OI) related how during the conference as she was running around, planning and coordinating all the events, Ty was asked if she actually had a chance to see any of them. With a big smile she replied, ‘no, but I heard that they’ve been good!’ Upon accepting the award, Ty credited conference co-chair Emily Anadu (OE) and for the events success. “I couldn’t have done it by myself, not without the support of Emily and so many others.”

For more information on the SA/MBA Awards or to nominate someone who you believe has made a difference in the HBS community, please visit:
//www.mba.hbs.edu/admin/student_life/life/act_awa_org/student_assoc/sa_award.html

April 4, 2005
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