2015 Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship winner and DU graduate Ariel Cheng. Photo courtesy of Ariel Cheng.
Ariel Cheng is on a mission to stop the stigma that surrounds mental health.
As one of the founders of the University of Denver’s Mind Club, Cheng helps raise awareness of this issue among her peers and the community. She also partners with local organizations to give those suffering with mental illness, a voice.
Her exceptional leadership and community involvement has earned Cheng the 2015 Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship.
Each year, the Quarterly Forum awards the scholarship to an outstanding DU student. The forum, comprised of Denver community leaders, including Scott Reiman, supports young leaders throughout Colorado.
The scholarship recipient receives $10,000 towards financial support in hopes to help students overcome any obstacles that arise during college.
Cheng graduated in May with a degree international studies and plans to take a year off before attending law school.
As namesake for the scholarship, Scott Reiman is dedicated to recognizing students like Cheng and seeing them succeed.
The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU) was among the first schools of higher education in the United States to admit female students to its MBA programs and other studies in finance. In 1945, Ida S. Eggland and Nellie Edith Camblin became the first DU women to earn their MBAs, a full decade and a half before Harvard University’s business school opened its doors to female students. Today, more than 40% of the school’s students are women.
Throughout its history, Daniels has demonstrated its commitment to recruiting the brightest, most capable business students, regardless of their gender. In 1908, the year it was founded, the school’s first graduating class included women, and the first female certified public accountant in its program completed her studies three years later. In the 1920s and ‘30s, fully one-third of the Daniels student body consisted of women. By 1944, almost two-thirds of the college’s students were female.
Today, student groups at the Daniels College of Business include Daniels Women in Business, which works to champion expanded leadership opportunities and professional development for women. In addition, its Delta Sigma Pi co-educational fraternity serves the needs of men and women in business-focused programs.
Recently, the University of Denver announced the election of Dr. Elrie LaBrent Chrite as the new dean of the Daniels College of Business. The school undertook an extensive nine-month search in cooperation with international search firm Korn Ferry to locate a leader of Dr. Chrite’s caliber. The new dean possesses more than two decades of institutional leadership experience and most recently served as dean and professor of management and international business at Montclair State University in New Jersey. In this position, he focused on modernizing the business curriculum at the school to prepare students for the competitive job market. His programming led to a 40 percent increase in graduate enrollment, as well as global partnerships with other schools. In addition, he instituted a new executive MBA program and established a Center for Entrepreneurship.
Before assuming his duties at Montclair, Dr. Chrite worked at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona as associate dean and Gemelli faculty fellow. In addition, he functioned as the assistant dean for global development at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School.
Dr. Chrite will assume his duties at Daniels in August 2014.
The University of Denver Daniels College of Business strives to develop strong entrepreneurs and business leaders. The professors at the school understand the importance of providing role models for their students to learn from. For that reason, the school has an Executives in Residence program, which brings distinguished business professionals to the campus. Throughout the year, these individuals work closely with students to share their real-world experiences and talk about the importance of ethics in entrepreneurship. The school strives to find executives from a variety of different fields and backgrounds in order to expose students to a wide range of successful professionals. In September 2013, the school announced the arrival of three new Executives in Residence: Joe Colosimo, Collon Kenney III, and Robert Troccoli.
Joe Colosimo founded Colosimo & Associates, which works closely with Fortune 300 corporations, nonprofits, and other small businesses to improve operations. At present, he serves as the president of the firm. Previously, he worked at major corporations like Westinghouse, Ford, and UtiliCorp United. The Journal of Business Strategy and Financial Executive Magazine have both featured him and his work in their publications.
Collon Kennedy III is an experienced senior executive and attorney who has worked with mining and energy companies in North America and Chile. He has created a number of presentations as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Coalbed Methane Outreach Program and has been published in Coal Mine Methane: The True Unconventional Gas. Most recently, he served as outside legal counsel to a major Colorado environmental engineering firm.
Robert Troccoli served as a senior partner of the Sovereign Wealth Funds Practice at KPMG and as a founding member of the firm’s Private Equity Group. He is experienced in leading private equity professionals around the nation. Earlier in his career, he served as a lead audit partner at multiple public companies, including Oppenheimer Funds.