Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business, management, and administration, has honored a Keuka College student with a national fellowship.
Human Resources Management major Mackenzie Ottens ’19 is one of 33 recipients of a 2018 Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award. He is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.
“I was incredibly excited,” said “Mack,” as he is known. “The Fellowship is a national award, so I was very surprised to find out I had been chosen.”
The award, which comes with a $1,000 stipend, is based on academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership qualities.
Still, Mack says he didn’t rest on his record when applying.
“I wanted to stand out as much as possible, so I had to think out of the box,” he says. “I ultimately completed the entire application on my 1950s Remington typewriter. I believe it played a part in helping my application stand out, at least aesthetically – which is half the battle!”
That type of creativity is typical of Mack, who has amassed a solid record of scholarship and leadership both in and out of the classroom, says Professor of Management Ann M. Tuttle, Chair of the Division of Business and Management, who has taught him in several classes.
“Mack has a strong record of participation in many co-curricular activities such as campus clubs, sports, committees and honor societies,” she says. “He has always displayed leadership qualities and a measured approach.”
Mack says the award will help him continue his studies once he graduates from Keuka College.
“I was just accepted into a dual master's program in Student Affairs Administration and Public Administration at Binghamton University,” he says, “and this award will go a long way in helping fund this endeavor.”