Virginia Tech has named Elizabeth Goergen, of Midlothian, Va., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Pamplin College of Business for the 2009-10 academic year.

Goergen is expected to receive a bachelor's degree in management in the Pamplin College of Business in May 2010. She has excelled academically while participating in a wide range of extracurricular, leadership, and service activities.

Among her numerous honors and scholarships, Goergen is the recipient of the John W. Hansen Memorial Scholarship and the Pamplin Merit Scholarship. She is a member of both Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Goergen has also been named to the dean's list at Virginia Tech every semester as an undergraduate student.

Goergen is also active in a variety of extracurricular and service activities. As an ambassador for the Pamplin College of Business, she represented the college to prospective and current students at various university events. She was also a member of the Leadership Development Team responsible for planning the Pamplin Leadership Conference. Goergen has also volunteered with Relay for Life and Big Event.

Outside of the university, Goergen holds two jobs, tutoring with Student Athlete Academic Support Services and providing childcare service at various churches in the community. She also interned with Kohl’s management department and the Boy Scouts of America. The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.

Goergen is the daughter of Peter and Joann Goergen of Midlothian, Va.

Virginia Tech's nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. The college's centers focus on business leadership, business diversity, electronic commerce, forest industries, organizational performance, and services innovation. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students. It is named in honor of two alumni: retired CEO of Georgia-Pacific Robert B. Pamplin, who died in June 2009 at age 97, and businessman and philanthropist Robert Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., is a senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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