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Daisy Essay Competition 2012

New student essay contest promotes global trade scholarship

Daisy International Prize

March 29, 2012

On Friday, March 9, Brandeis International Business School (IBS) presented four students with its first annual Daisy International Prize Award, given to recognize achievement in discussing issues of global trade.

For the competition each student was asked to write an essay of up to 2,000 words about the benefits and costs of globalization with respect to their native country/region. A committee drawn from Brandeis IBS faculty and senior administrators read submitted essays and determined first, second and third prize winners.

Coming in first place and winning $3,000 was John Orr ’12 MA ’13, who wrote about the socioeconomic impact of globalization in Hawaii. “I believe that this prize represents what Brandeis IBS is all about,” he said. “Globalization is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives, and it is a worthwhile and rewarding experience to step back and observe its effects on our homes, friends, family, and society.”

The Daisy International Prize is sponsored by Bert & Sandra Shea '56 Fisher.  Sandra is a member of the fifth class of Brandeis University and obtained her BA in music and theater. She is a professional singer who has performed widely. Sandra said she continues to be deeply grateful for the exceptional training she received at Brandeis. Bert has worked in international business, long before the term "globalization" was coined, including a ten-year residence in Venezuela. 

Upon their return to the U.S. the couple settled in Washington D.C. Sandra and husband Bert have two daughters, also graduates of Brandeis University. The Daisy prize is named after Sandra's mother, a devoted mother, mother-in-law and teacher.

In the remarks they gave at the event on behalf of the Fishers, Arthur ’55 and Judith Savitz ’56 Sharenow said that “when they returned from living overseas over 30 years ago, the word ‘globalization’ had not been coined and international trade did not begin to enjoy the prominence it has today.” According to Sandra Fisher, her husband Bert, a lifelong international businessman, has always appreciated looking at issues from multiple perspectives. “This approach went into fashioning his business then and he used the same kind of thinking in establishing these prizes now,” she said.

Coming in second place in the competition was Hakon Bjerke MA’12, who described globalization in Norway. In third was a tie between Lara Loewenstein Ph.D. ’16 and Vina Nguyen Ph.D. ’16, who discussed international trade and welfare with regards to the American Dream and the impact of globalization in Vietnam, respectively. All told, $6,000 was awarded to the four recipients.

Plans are underway to continue the Daisy International Prize Award competition in 2013.