Brandon Queen and Alexis Zerbst Awarded Chancellor’s Medallion

April 13, 2021

This commencement season, eight students are being recognized with the university’s top graduation honor.

Each semester, UM-Dearborn honors a very select group of students with the Chancellor’s Medallion. Chosen by faculty from their respective colleges, these Spring 2021 graduates are being recognized for their outstanding quality of character, vitality, intellect, integrity and academic record.

Brandon Queen, College of Business Chancellor's Medallion Recipient

Brandon Queen will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with dual majors in Finance and Information Systems Management, and will graduate with the honor of High Distinction. He was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship and he was awarded the Victor J. Streeter Management Information Systems Scholarship. He was also recognized as a James B. Angell Scholar and a UM-Dearborn Difference Maker for 2020. 

Along with his academic accomplishments, Brandon has been active in service on and off campus. He is one of the founding members of the First Gen Student Organization at UM-Dearborn. The organization helps to inform, connect, support and celebrate first-generation students as they navigate higher education. The organization’s advisor described Brandon as “nothing short of incredible in serving the organization and the many first-generation students,” and they credit Brandon’s work as organization president with growing membership and leading a very successful Giving Blue Day funding effort. Brandon has also volunteered as a coach and mentor of a high school FIRST Robotics team for the past several years, and he has been a Supplemental Instruction Leader at COB.

Brandon made an immediate impact in his internship with Robert Bosch, LLC. His supervisor explained that Brandon was given a variety of projects and tasks that were often reserved for permanent employees, saying “I have been working with interns for many years by now and I can say that I have never felt so comfortable having an intern work on important tasks like with Brandon.“ The supervisor was so impressed by Brandon’s work that they helped Brandon secure post-graduation employment. After graduation, Brandon will be working at Bosch in a Project Management role focusing on electronics and software systems for their automaker customers.

Alexis Zerbst, College of Business Chancellor's Medallion Recipient

Alexis Zerbst will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science, and will graduate with the honor of High Distinction. She was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship and she was awarded the Michigan Competitive Scholarship. Her academic efforts earned her the James B. Angell Scholar recognition and the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize.

Alexis has been engaged in a variety of campus activities and organizations. She has served as both an Office of Admissions Orientation Leader and a College of Business Supplemental Instruction Leader.  These roles have allowed her to connect with and influence younger students. As one of Alexis’ nominators described, “I observe students gravitate towards Alexis’ positivity, which is highly contagious.” She is also a student member of the College of Business’ Academic Integrity Board. Alexis has been active with student organizations, including the Society of Human Resource Management and Phi Mu Fraternity. She has held several leadership roles in the latter organization. In addition to her campus activities, she has found time to volunteer for St. Veronica’s Youth Group, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Beaumont Hospital.

Alexis has been driven to complete her degree since she was 16 years old, when she started taking courses while enrolled in high school. She has also been working up to 30 hours a week across multiple jobs to help fund her education. In one of those jobs, working as a law clerk in a local firm, Alexis found a passion for the law. Her employer notes that hiring an undergraduate student with no formal legal training required finding someone with extraordinary qualities, including “high quality of character, her drive to succeed, willingness to take the initiative, and her academic record.” Perhaps most telling is when her employer writes, “I have no idea what I am going to do without her. That is how much she means to my law office.” Alexis has already been accepted at a number of law schools, and she is still deciding on which one to enroll in this fall.

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