August 2007

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ISD Outstanding Students

Jessica Hatch and Swavek Bialkiewicz each received the ISD’s 2007 Outstanding Student Award. Chosen by faculty, the award honors two students each year who have excelled during their work in the program.

In 2005, when Jessica Hatch’s older brother won the Outstanding Student Award, her parents joked that, in order to compete with her only sibling, she would also win it. She won this year, but insists there’s no competition.

Hatch and her husband, Shane, plan to visit Peru before she begins work with Ernst & Young in Phoenix in the fall. She says her information systems training has given her career options. “The information systems program opened many doors,” she says. “I could become a programmer or go into business. You get the best of both worlds.”

Although she is grateful she brother introduced her to the ISD, Hatch is looking forward to a change of pace. She plans to do more reading over the summer and looks forward to no longer balancing a career with school. Instead, she’ll be able to apply what she’s learned in her career.

“She is an excellent student,” says Gary Hansen, an associate professor who taught Hatch in three classes. “She’s good-natured and easy to get along with, and she can take charge of any situation.”

Slawomir “Swavek” Bialkiewicz first came to the United States from Poland as a high school exchange student. When he returned to study information systems at BYU, he lived with the family of Gary Hansen, an associate professor, who was impressed with how Bialkiewicz conducted his life. “He lived very well,” Hansen says. “He’s a top notch student, and he’s also an excellent person.”

After completing his MISM in June, Bialkiewicz intends to move to Dallas and begin work in management strategy consulting for Bain & Company. He plans to work and build his career in the United States for five to ten years but eventually return to Poland, where he hopes to apply his Marriott School education to help people better their lives. “I see a lot of wasted talent,” he says. “Everyone could be a winner if they pursue something and apply themselves.” His dream is to begin an educational venture to help people learn useful skills like English and technology.