Britni Rooney: Top Business Student
The value of a Merrimack College education comes from the close connections between the professors and students, says Britni Rooney ’13, this year’s top-ranked student in the Girard School.
Rooney concludes her Merrimack years with two awards at the Girard School’s Honors Convocation, after receiving an Outstanding Senior Award from the Boston chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI).
“The professors push for their students to succeed beyond the classroom,” said Rooney. “I have had the pleasure to learn and develop from these professors for four years; without them bestowing their knowledge upon their students, I do not know where I would be today.’’
She received her FEI honor at the Boston chapter’s annual academic awards ceremony, held at the Newton Marriott Hotel and followed by a dinner at which University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret spoke.
FEI is a “prestigious group of CEOs and CFOs,” said finance professor Frances Quinn, who nominated Rooney. The awards go to students from Babson, Bentley, Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern, among others.
“We are very lucky that we are part of that group,” Quinn said.
Rooney’s GPA of 3.96 is the highest in Finance, her concentration area, as well as in the Girard School. Her Honors Convocation awards are the Frederick Taylor Award for the highest-ranking Business School senior and the Phillip Lee Memorial Award for the highest-ranking Finance senior.
“I have been able to apply skills and concepts from the classroom to real-world experiences,” said Rooney. She cites her financial analysis and investment courses where she gained analytical skills working with Excel.
Another important class is Advanced Investments, which she says, “is heavily involved with discussions on today’s market, and where it will be by the end of this year. I have had to apply these discussions and relate it to the stock market as we engage in a simulation of trading in the market.”
At Girard, she was also both a finance and accounting tutor. This spring she had an internship in the client services department at Putnam Investments. After graduation, she becomes a business analyst intern at SunGard Financial Service’s Burlington office.
FEI – an organization of senior financial managers – provides professional development, technical research and public policy input for managers. For more information, go to http://www.financialexecutives.org.