May 21, 2008
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University seniors Matthew Mills and Aphton Riley were recognized as 2008 Fran Jabara Leadership Award recipients on Sunday at Spring Commencement at the Collins Center.

Mills, of Topeka, graduated summa cum laude with majors in accounting and business. Mills served as a student assistant in the business and economics department, lettered four years in basketball and traveled with the team to Spain in 2006. He had internships at a Lawrence financial planning business and with KPMG, the global accounting firm. He was also a member of the Bronston Fellows Program and served as an officer in the Eta Phi chapter of Delta Mu Delta, an international honorary for business students.

Riley, of Lawrence, graduated with a major in computer information systems. She held various leadership positions within student organizations and completed two internships in the information services department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Jabara, a former dean of the Wichita State University College of Business Administration, is widely recognized for his work with entrepreneurship and founded the Jabara Ventures Group and the Jabara Family Foundation.  The award, given to one male and one female student at all four-year private Kansas colleges, is designed to honor graduating seniors and is based on a set of academic, leadership, service and co-curricular criteria.