OSU-Cascades Student Earns Leadership Award

Kasey Every has been a rodeo competitor since the age of four.

Kasey Every has been a rodeo competitor since the age of four.

The Oregon State University College of Business recently awarded Kasey Every, an OSU-Cascades student and Redmond resident, the Dean’s Leadership and Professional Achievement Award. The award is given to students within the College of Business who seek leadership opportunities and professional growth.

Originally from Idaho, after attending the Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., on a full rodeo scholarship, Every spent three years as a professional rodeo barrel racer and came to the Bend area in 2005.

She embarked on completing her bachelor’s degree in business at the OSU-Cascades Campus and along the way, earned the respect of Assistant Professor of Marketing David Knuff and discovered her passion for advertising and marketing. She anticipates graduating in June of 2009 and will be the first in her family to graduate from college.

Said Knuff, “Kasey has exemplary leadership skills and is a great role model for her fellow students.” She founded OSU-Cascades Student Marketing Group, and still serves as the group’s chief executive officer. In May, Every joined several fellow students at the American Advertising Federation Conference in Portland where they observed the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). This annual competition brings student groups to address a corporate sponsor’s real world case study and compete to create an integrated communications campaign for the client. Every is now leading the OSU-Cascades Campus efforts to compete in the 2009 NSAC.

She is pursuing her degree while working full-time as a project coordinator/traffic manager at Every Idea, a full service creative agency in Bend, Oregon.

Said Every, “The small class sizes at OSU-Cascades mean our instructors get to know students as individuals. Professor Knuff knew my abilities and potential, and encouraged me to take a chance and apply for the College of Business award. His encouragement made a huge difference.”

Applicants for the OSU College of Business Dean’s Leadership and Professional Achievement Award must prepare a presentation that demonstrates passion and interest in leadership and professional development and undergo a series of interviews with the dean of the College of Business and faculty members. Judging criteria includes enthusiasm for a profession, leadership qualities, appropriate dress, professional demeanor, verbal skills and self-confidence. Award winners receive a $1,000 scholarship. Winners are expected to continue demonstrating high levels of professional development and leadership after receiving the award by serving as student leaders, mentors and college ambassadors.

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