Thaddeus Guy receives Emery O. Nordness Award for Business

Thaddeus Guy, Luther College senior from Des Moines, Iowa, has received the Emery O. Nordness Memorial Award for Business for the 2017-18 academic year.

Presented annually to a Luther senior majoring in accounting, business, economics or management, the Emery O. Nordness Memorial Award for Business was established by Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos in appreciation of Emery O. Nordness, for his loving wisdom as a music and band teacher in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

As a teacher, Nordness provided undergirding support and encouragement to students with respect to the abilities and interests of the whole person. In the case of the donor, Alan R. Brudos, Nordness saw beyond his interest and excellence in music by encouraging him to pursue his business talents and aptitude, while nurturing his musical interests as an avocation.

A committee made up of faculty, selected by the department chair, chooses the award recipient based upon academic merit and promise for the future within his/her field of study, with preference given to a student who has demonstrated and maintains an active interest, and participation in, the arts.  

Guy, son of Eric and Susan Guy of Des Moines, Iowa, is majoring in management and psychology at Luther. He is a 2014 graduate of Urbandale High School in Urbandale, Iowa. He was selected for this award because of his academic accomplishments and commitment to the arts. Guy has participated in the Luther College Concert Band for the past two years, as well as in both the Wind and Percussion Ensemble and the Philharmonia orchestra during his time at Luther.

Joan deAlbuquerque, conductor of the Luther College Concert Band, commented, "[Guy's] peers have great things to say about him, as do many of his professors. He has the personality to get along well with others. Emery O. Nordness has influenced his students through his love of music. [Guy] embodies these traits as you can tell he loves music when he performs."

Tim Schweizer, Luther professor of management, said, "It was a delight to have Tad in both my entrepreneurship class and my 'Creativity and Innovation' class. He is exceptionally gifted. He has the ability to be creative on demand and also execute on his ideas. Tad's ability to generate ideas and offer new perspectives makes him the perfect team member when people want to collaborate."

The Luther Department of Economics and Business was built on the belief that business instruction is richer when embedded in the liberal arts and currently has 311 declared majors and minors. With more than 70 courses currently being offered within the department, the department prepares students for ethical leadership, decision-making and service in organization soperating within a global environment.

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