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Drexel Presents Leadership Award To MBA Graduate Jose Bodipo-Memba

SACRAMENTO, CA, July 19, 2012

Jose Bodipo-Memba

Drexel University graduate Jose Bodipo-Memba was presented with the Oxholm Leadership Award at Drexel University's commencement for the University's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento.

An MBA graduate, Bodipo-Memba was among the 110 students who were awarded master's level diplomas June 23 at Sacramento's historic Crocker Art Museum.

Finalists for the Oxholm Award included Christopher Levermore (MBA), Bobby Roy (MBA), Emerald Montgomery (Public Health), Jenny Davidson (MBA), Brittney Gandy (Public Health), Brian King (MBA), Victoria Rosario (Doctorate EDd), and Daniel O'Meara (Doctorate EDd).

The Oxholm award was created last year by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to recognize "leadership in the classroom and in the community." The award is a large silver bowl, mounted on an impressive wooden base that has enough room to list subsequent winners for decades to come. Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III was the inaugural Dean of Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies, which opened in January 2009 at One Capitol Mall in Sacramento.

Bodipo-Memba was not only a standout among an impressive group of graduates, he displayed great leadership qualities as well. At Drexel, he served as GSA co-chair for the Community Involvement Committee, which was involved in many charitable efforts in the Sacramento region.

Born and raised in Novato, Bodipo-Memba plays a role with many Sacramento-area nonprofits. Among his association roles are Board of Directors Vice President for the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center (SAEHC); Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group Executive Committee Member, Past-Community Involvement Co-chair and President-elect of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Alumni Association; Sacramento MetroEdge Member, Association of Environment Professionals Member, and a volunteer coach for Chris Johnson Basketball Academy Camps and Clinics.

He also served on the SACOG Sustainable Communities Transportation Priority Areas Review Committee and has done volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Sacramento Food Bank.

"Receiving the Oxholm Award is a tremendous honor," Bodipo-Memba said. "The award is named after Tobey Oxholm, who established some great traditions at Drexel and is one of the main reasons I'm here. I'm humbled and honored to be included among some of my esteemed classmates as an Oxholm nominee. Drexel has broadened my network of friends and associates, and enhanced my business acumen, management, and leadership skills."

Bodipo-Memba is an Environmental Project Manager for SMUD in Sacramento. Earlier this year he earned a SMUD Leadership Award, which the company gives out on a quarterly basis. Bodipo-Memba was highlighted for successfully coordinating and managing the California the Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance for major SMUD projects.

"Our 2012 graduates include many extraordinary people who depart Drexel with tremendous management and leadership skills. For Jose to be singled out among his peers says a great deal about his impact here at the Graduate Center and what a bright future awaits him," said Dr. Sandra Kirschenmann, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director for the Center for Graduate Studies. "Jose demonstrates the kind of behavior and ethical conduct we have taught."

Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies is known as one of Northern California's most high-tech educational facilities. In its state-of-the-art classrooms, Drexel - a top-ranked, national comprehensive university - teaches five master's, one doctorate and one post-baccalaureate program that are designed for working professionals in the fields of entrepreneurial business, human resource development, higher education and public health.

Drexel has added a sixth master's program - MBA in Healthcare Administration - starting in September 2012.

For more information on Drexel's graduate programs in California, visit or call 888-389-3781 or 916-325-4600.