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'Make things happen,' Simon grads told


Embrace change" was the charge B. Thomas Golisano gave to Simon School graduates at Commencement ceremonies on June 16. The founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Paychex Inc. told the more than 250 graduates not to be discouraged by the current economic environment.

"The great thing about the free-enterprise system," he reminded them, "is its ability to bounce back-and there are signs of that happening today."

He urged the William E. Simon School of Business Administration Class of 2002 to be self-sufficient and to remember, among other things, their "obligation to help others" and "responsibility to preserve democracy and the free-enterprise system."

Golisano, who the Simon School awarded the David T. Kearns Medal of Distinction, concluded by asking graduates to "remember that there are three kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened."

Simon's Class of 2002, Golisano said, will be "part of that group that makes things happen in today's world."

Three Superior Teaching Awards for 2002 were presented to Simon School faculty at the ceremony. Gregory Bauer, assistant professor of finance, received an award from the graduating class of the full-time M.B.A. program; and Robert Shumsky, associate professor of operations management, received two awards, one from the first-year M.B.A. class and one from the graduating class of the Executive Development Program.

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