Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Senior finance student wins top award

Each year, the Kansas City chapter of Financial Executives International grants academic awards to students majoring in accounting or finance. FEI Kansas City awarded senior finance student Daniel Bjornson the Oracle-FEI Excellence Award during an awards ceremony April 9. The award, worth $2,500, is the highest honor given.
Daniel Bjornson, KU finance senior

“It’s a nice recognition,” Bjornson said, “but in addition to the money, I will get invitations to future FEI events where I can talk with CFOs and other top executives and learn about their career paths.”

The FEI awards are given to students who show outstanding academic performance, evidence of leadership potential and service to the college and community. Bjornson was in charge of The Big Event at KU last year, a grassroots community service project.

“Last year, participation rose from 500 (in 2011) to more than 2,000 students,” Bjornson said. “I’m proud to say that I was involved.”

As a sophomore, Bjornson brought Project LIVELY (Life, Interest and Vigor Entering Later Years) to the University of Kansas. Project LIVELY is a Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department program that assists elderly residents of the community and helps them stay in their homes as long as possible. Bjornson recognized the opportunity to help and knew that many KU students would be willing to lend a hand.

Bjornson is also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the Finance Scholars Program and the KU Honors Program. His involvement in the community and the university is a characteristic he encourages new business students to adopt.

“Take advantage of all the opportunities the School of Business and KU have to offer,” he said. “You’ll never know if you like something unless you try it, so try new things and get involved.”