Mendoza School of Business

Business Communication Awards Announced

Published: September 4, 2009 / Author: Carol Newswriting

Adam C. Hansmann and Amber R. Lattner, senior business students at the University of Notre Dame, were named as the recipients of the 2009 Eugene D. Fanning Award in Business Communication.

They were selected by the faculty of the Eugene D. Fanning Center in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame for excellence in communication skills and exemplary personal characteristics. Six finalists were selected and the two winners were determined following faculty interviews with each. The award honors the life and work of Eugene D. Fanning, a Chicago businessman and investor who taught business communication courses as a guest instructor in the business school from 1989 to 1995.

“These students represent a continuation of the long and rich tradition of exemplary achievement in Business Communication by Notre Dame students,” said James S. O’Rourke IV, Arthur F. and Mary J. O’Neil Director of the Fanning Center. “We’re pleased to honor their accomplishments.”   

Hansmann is a finance and economics dual major from Cincinnati, Ohio, while Lattner is a management consulting major from Montrose, Penn. Each received a cash prize and a plaque for their achievement. Additionally, they will be acknowledge by name in Notre Dame’s 2010 Commencement brochure.

Finalists for the 2009 Fanning Award also included:

  • Thomas Burke, New City, New York
  • George Patrick Jackson, Heath, Ohio
  • Jennafer L. Newcomb, Toms River, New Jersey
  • Brittany M. Vechell, Side Lake, Minnesota

The Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication assists members of the Notre Dame community in the achievement of their academic, intellectual and professional goals by providing instruction, guidance and counsel in writing, speaking and other dimensions of human communication. At the heart of this mission is a concern for the individual, a focus on ethics and integrity in business, and a commitment to the advancement of the Mendoza College of Business and the University. For more information about the Fanning Center, please visit the Web site at 


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