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Dear Robins School Community:

The end of the school year is always a joyous occasion when we celebrate our graduating seniors. It is also a real treat to share this moment with their families and friends. Even though we were unable to hold our regular events on campus this spring, we hope our new graduates know how proud we are of all of their accomplishments and how much we will miss them. I encourage all of you to visit the ‘Round Robins page to learn more about our various award winners. The Class of 2020 has left an indelible mark on the Robins School, and we will be forever grateful for their contributions.

Although we finish this year physically apart from one another, the spirit of community in our school is as strong as ever. I see it in every Zoom call with our faculty, staff, and students. It was also evident when more than 200 people logged in to watch our recent Financial Markets Panel Discussion with four members of our Executive Advisory Council, which I was honored to moderate. During the year we held a number of events that brought our community even closer together including our new sophomore declaration ceremony, our welcome back BBQ, and the various C-Suite and Executive Speaker Series events. Robins School Student Government Association president and graduating senior Hanna Lankler also organized pizza and hot chocolate study breaks during the fall semester exam period. Our recent time apart has demonstrated that our bonds of community and fellowship transcend time and distance.

This has also been a year of incredible accomplishments that highlight our commitment to excellence. Management Professor Violet Ho was named one of this year’s Outstanding Educators during the school year’s opening Colloquy. Other members of our outstanding faculty also received accolades for their teaching and research prowess. Two notable examples are Joe Ben Hoyle and Paul Clikeman who were named as Robins Teaching Fellows this year. Our students continue to uphold our well-earned reputation by winning a number of awards and competitions. A recent example is graduating senior Gabi Telepman who was recently awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Grant. It is safe to say that excellence is woven into our DNA and is one of the characteristics that sets the Robins School apart.

Finally, I would like to end on a personal note. It has been my immense pride and honor to serve as the dean of the Robins School this year. From the moment I set foot on our beautiful campus this past summer, I have felt welcomed and supported. As I have traveled the country meeting alumni, families, and friends of the university, I have witnessed the strength of the Spider network. During the recent crisis brought on by the coronavirus, I have witnessed our ingenuity, resilience, and strength of will as we adapted our entire operating model to remote instruction. I look forward to all the things that we will accomplish together over the coming years. We are Robins! Go Spiders!

Mickey Quiñones
Robins School of Business

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