College of Business Dean’s Medallion recipient, Dane Baruzzini
Dane Baruzzini will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Supply Chain Management and is graduating with High Distinction. Dane has been very busy since transferring from Schoolcraft College in July 2020. He will complete the 74 hours needed for his bachelor’s degree this December, while working full-time, and finding time for his family as a married father of two children with another on the way.
Dane has been engaged in a variety of activities at UM-Dearborn. He is a member of Tau Sigma National Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. He serves as the Treasurer for the Society for Human Resource Management, and serves on the College of Business Academic Integrity Review Board. He is a member of several organizations, including the Supply Chain Association, First Gen Student Organization, New Student Mentor, and is the first Supply Chain major to be invited to join the CFA Research Challenge Team. Additionally, he has had the privilege of being a guest speaker in a COB Project Management course with Lecturer Patrick Keyes and a student tutor for Associate Professor Yi-Su Chen’s “Analysis and Design of Supply Chains” course. As one of his recommendation writers said, “Dane is always looking to help University of Michigan-Dearborn students, and he finds new ways to help them pursue academic excellence and improve as young professionals.” In addition to his contributions at UM-Dearborn, Dane also volunteers with Mile City Church in Plymouth as the 4th- and 5th-grade Ministry Lead and volunteers as a Group Lead for Seek Well, a nonprofit organization.
As a nontraditional student, Dane also works full-time as the Senior Director of Commercial Operations for Reven Pharmaceuticals. In his role there, Dane has led the company in day-to-day operations and helped launch successful clinical trials, including a COVID-19 Phase 2a/2b clinical trial. One of his recommendation writers noted, “Since Dane returned to college, he has continued to exceed expectations at Reven while achieving excellence in the classroom and raising two young children. I don’t know anybody else that could juggle the responsibilities and achieve the same level of success as Dane has.” After graduation, Dane plans to continue working at Reven and has been accepted at several MBA programs. Because of his experience with the students and faculty at UM-Dearborn, he now aspires to one-day work in academia as a college professor, hoping not only to teach but to help shape and affect other aspiring business students.