Marian University senior Tirria Smith has been named a recipient of the Erroll B. Davis Minority Achievement Award, presented annually and jointly by the Alliant Energy Foundation and The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities to minority students demonstrating excellence while pursuing a degree in engineering or business administration.

“She is an inquisitive young professional woman who cares about people,” said Business Department Chair and Associate Professor Dr. W. Alan Dixon, Sr. “She has a passion for leadership and exhibits high energy while continuing to develop her academic knowledge.”

Smith, who serves as the president of the Black Student Union, will graduate this spring with a degree in business administration. Along with the award, she will receive $1,000 from the Erroll B. Davis Fund, which was created in 2006 by the Alliant Energy Foundation in honor of Mr. Erroll B. Davis Jr. and his years of leadership and service to the utility industry. It was his intention to recognize the outstanding scholarship and community service of minority undergraduate students.

“She embraces success and engages with all people regardless of age, race, economic or social status,” Dixon said. “She takes every opportunity to increase her network by attending conferences, and her fellow students recognize her accomplishments as well as for being a genuinely kind person who does all she can to make the world a better place.”

Pictured: Last week business department faculty and Interim Registrar Bianca Birschbach held a Zoom awards ceremony to present Marian University senior Tirria Smith with the Erroll B. Davis Minority Achievement Award.

Student Tirria Smith