Senior business major awarded management scholarship

Scholarship based on academic performance, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities | August 23, 2005

Senior Lindsay Saurber is the recipient of a Project Management Institute (PMI) Educational Foundation Scholarship and is being awarded the $1,000 Southwest Ohio chapter (SWOPMI) Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to individuals pursuing a degree in a project management related field and are based on merit as measured by academic performance, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Saurber, 21, from Fairfield, Ohio, is pursuing a double major in management and entrepreneurial studies. She says she first became interested in project management through a class project at Xavier.

“Our group worked with Orion Academy in Western Hills,” Saurber says. “We worked with the principal to help lay the groundwork for implementing a performance excellence program for the upcoming school year.”

There were a total of three group projects in the class and all were judged by PMI. Saurber’s group was awarded top prize.

“Xavier students have planned projects for about 50 deserving agencies, schools, hospitals and churches over the last several years,” says Tim Kloppenborg, professor of management and entrepreneurship. “While there were several good projects last spring, it was no surprise to me that Lindsay’s team won. Lindsay contacted me several times per week throughout the semester with ideas and questions. She was always very thorough and passionate about her work.”

Saurber says she is considering project management as a full-time career once she graduates from Xavier, but would also like to own her own business. “I have a lot of family members who are entrepreneurs and one day I’d like to follow in their footsteps,” she says.

In addition to being a full-time student, Saurber is also the head gymnastics coach at Badin High School in Hamilton. She was a member of the team when she attended Badin and has helped out since going to college. This is her second year as head coach. She also teaches gymnastics at the YMCA and works part-time. Saurber is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a Jesuit honor society; Beta Gamma Sigma, a national business honor society, and Koinonia, a faith-sharing community at Xavier.