Mary Maus Kosir, assistant dean of the Carlson School's Undergraduate Program, presented the coveted Tomato Can Loving Cup Award to Katie Schmalz (BSB '14) at the Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on May 19. Below are the remarks of Maus Kosir.

The Carlson School has numerous outstanding students and some of their special achievements are indicated in today's program. But in the interest of time, we ask only one student to come on stage to receive an award.

"The Tomato Can Loving Cup Award," is the oldest award given to students by the Carlson School of Management; today it is being presented to an outstanding undergraduate for the 85th consecutive year--a very momentous occasion in the history of the Carlson School of Management. The award itself is, indeed, a tomato soup can, which we have preserved over the years, and on it are the signatures and engraved names of the 84 previous recipients. The Tomato Can Award recipient, following two years of professional work experience, is also eligible for a half-tuition scholarship to the Carlson School Full-time MBA program.

While I provide a brief summary of the accomplishments of this years' winner, I would like her to please come forward to receive the award--Katie Schmalz, would you please join me on stage?

When I think of a person who best exemplifies the character of this award, this student immediately comes to mind. She has been an exemplary student leader, and will certainly continue to make the Carlson School and the University of Minnesota proud as she graduates today.

The University of Minnesota is extremely lucky to have students of Katie's caliber representing us. Katie came to us as a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. She has been a dedicated student, in both academics and extra-curricular activities, throughout her college career. She not only strives for excellence in her academics, but she truly loves learning and preparing herself for the future. That has been demonstrated time and time again in her community engagement.

Katie entered the Carlson School as a freshman four years ago, and her contributions to the University community are numerous, including serving on the executive team of Net Impact, service as a Carlson School Crew member, Welcome Week Leader, and Gopher Leader during Gopher Business. She also served as president of the Society for Human Resource Management, and was both a bus and regional leader with the locally founded nonprofit organization Students Today, Leaders Forever. You get the idea. She also successfully completed multiple internships including one at Target in merchandise planning, and another at Travelers Insurance. Katie has made the most of her time as an undergraduate student here at the U contributing to her academic community and her co-curricular community as she graduates today.

In each of these roles, Katie has proven herself as a dedicated, passionate and ethical leader of which we are so proud. Graduating today with a double major in marketing and human resources and industrial relations, Katie stands as an excellent role model for her fellow classmates and for all of us here today. Those of us who have had the opportunity to work with Katie know that her humble and approachable demeanor, commitment, and passion will take her far in life. Katie will be heading to Target after graduation to begin her career as a merchandise planning business analyst.