Daniel Spors recognized for his outstanding achievements and leadership.

Mary Maus Kosir, Assistant Dean of the Carlson School's Undergraduate Program, presented the coveted Tomato Can Loving Cup Award to Daniel Spors (BSB '12) at the Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on May 14. 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 83rd 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 82 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 Full-Time MBA Program.

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

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

The University of Minnesota is extremely lucky to have students of Danny's caliber representing us. He has been a dedicated student, in both academics and extra-curricular activities, throughout his college career. He not only strives for excellence in his academics, but he truly loves learning and preparing himself for the future.

Danny entered the Carlson School as a freshman four years ago, and his contributions to the University community are numerous, including serving as University of Minnesota Senator and Minnesota Student Association member, Delta Sigma Pi chapter president and VP of Pledge Education, as well as a member of Carlson Business Board since 2009. In addition, he participated in the Brand Enterprise and worked as a TA for Business Communication. Danny was also recently voted Carlson Senior of the Year.

In each of these roles, Danny has proven himself as a dedicated and engaged leader and active participant in the University of Minnesota community. Completing a major in marketing with minor in mass communication, Danny is an excellent role model for his fellow classmates and for all of us here today. Those of us who have had the opportunity to work with Danny know that his approachable demeanor, commitment, and passion will take him far in life.

I'd like to introduce Danny Spors, Class of 2012."