Tuesday, February 21, 2012

School of Applied Business presents first Delaney Award

Student Rachel Carter has been selected the first recipient of School of Applied Business’ Delaney Award for her outstanding work in the college’s new Introduction to Business Information Processing (ISM2000) course.
Rachel Carter, right, accepts her award from
Dr. Evelyn Delaney
In ISM2000, students learn information processing concepts and develop (or improve) their knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs – including Word 2010, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. The students then apply that knowledge and their critical thinking skills as part of a professional project where they take on the role of a sole proprietor for a smart phone company.
The award is named after Dr. Evelyn Delaney, a senior professor at Daytona State who developed the course and is among four faculty who teach it. Carter was selected when applied business faculty voted unanimously that she submitted the most outstanding project in the highly competitive contest.
 “The professional project required in ISM2000 mirrors the types of tasks performed by entrepreneurs, managers, administrative assistants, etc. as they seek to achieve a competitive edge,” Delaney said. “The course poses students with a set of unique and challenging requirements, which is why we decided to recognize the most outstanding student with a certificate, $100 and lunch at CafĂ© 101 (the Daytona State culinary program’s student-run teaching restaurant).
Carter enrolled in Daytona State in 2010 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in French and linguistics from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., in 2006. In between, she spent three years in the Peace Corps in the country of Benin in West Africa.  She will graduate from Daytona State in May with certificates in Accounting Applications/Computerized and Accounting Technology Operations-Tax Preparation.
Meanwhile, the ISM2000 course continues to grow. Last fall 117 students enrolled in the course. This spring semester, the course has 161 students. It can be used as an elective toward the Associate of Arts general education degree and is required for many business degrees and certificates at Daytona State.