Marketing major, Emmit Green, has been selected as the Student Responder for The University of Akron’s August 14, 2010 graduation ceremony.
During his four years at UA, Green has had an outstanding undergraduate career. He has been involved in numerous extracurricular and civic activities, both on and off campus, while maintaining good grades and working to finance his education.
In May 2007, Green won the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling Sales Competition. He was selected out of over 100 students to participate in the Phillip Morris Can’t Beat The Experience National Team Sales Competition in 2008. At the National Collegiate Sales Competition in 2009, he placed in the quarterfinals, putting him in the top 10 percent of sales students in the nation – even beating out students from schools like Harvard.
Green has been a member of The University of Akron Student Ambassadors since 2007 and served as the Campus Life and Affairs Director for The Associated Student Government from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, he was appointed as the student representative on The University of Akron Faculty Senate and, during the 2008-09 academic year, he served on the University’s Life Awards planning committee. He has also participated in UA’s “Face of the University” marketing campaign since 2008 – his picture can be seen on the east end of the Exchange Street Residence Hall.
During the 2009-10 academic year, Green was the Student Body Vice President and served as the student body representative on the campus-wide University Safety Task Force. This past spring, he was appointed to the planning committee for the first annual University of Akron ZIPNIC and was the Kick off Speaker for The University of Akron’s first annual Springfest.
In summer 2008 and again in summer 2009, Green worked as an intern at Aldi Inc. where he served as a district manager.
Green has accomplished all this while also working as the director of operations and employee development for TMR & Associates Subway Inc. and volunteering at The Haven of Rest Homeless Shelter. His volunteer activities have also included tutoring children in reading and writing at Crouse Elementary School and coaching CYO High School girls basketball.
“Emmit is definitely a leader,” notes Dr. Linda Orr, assistant professor of marketing and interim director of the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling. “He always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition, and has tremendously impressed me with his dedication and work ethic.”
Green credits his mother, Deborah Green, with empowering him and teaching him the important virtues in life. “She has always encouraged me to reach beyond my expectations to accomplish greater heights,” he says.
He also considers the lifelong support of his grandparents and his experiences as a student at St. Vincent-St. Mary, where he played on the basketball team with Lebron James, as other important factors in his success.
“Witnessing firsthand the intensity and passion with which Lebron played on the court and in practice helped develop my strong work ethic. I also met my friend/mentor, Tim Rickus, who helped mold me into a man by teaching me the importance of making GOOD CHOICES and living by a virtuous code of ethics.”
Regarding his selection as Student Responder, Green had this to say, “I am extremely delighted to have the honor of being the commencement ceremony responder. I bleed blue and gold. I want to express to my fellow constituents, family, friends, faculty, my deepest sincerity and gratitude for the knowledge, experience, and fulfillment obtained from The University of Akron.”
Green already has a full-time job awaiting him after he graduates this summer with his BSBA degree in marketing management and minor in entrepreneurship. His long term goal is to become a franchisee owner of a chain of Subway restaurants. He also plans to get married to his long-time significant other, Ja'Nique Blocker (also a CBA student), and lay the foundation for a family.
“The knowledge I’ve obtained from The University of Akron has enabled me to move closer to my goals each day. I want to be able to look back on my accomplishments, experiences, and past life, and feel proud and satisfied about my life. The end goal is happiness... “