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Oct. 15, 2007
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Wall Street Journal honors Eastern Michigan University student

YPSILANTI - Joseph Venuto, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, has won a Wall Street Journal 2007 Achievement Award for exceptional students.

Venuto, 24, is majoring in communication with a minor in entrepreneurship. He received a gold medallion, a one-year subscription to the Wall Street Journal, and his name will be on a plaque in the deans office at EMUs College of Business.

Joe is the most outstanding example of a student leader that has ever received this award, said David Mielke, dean of the College of Business, who nominated Venuto.

The Farmington Hills native is president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Club and vice president of the deans Board of Student Advisers for the business school. He also is a member of EMUs forensics team, which ranked second in the nation in 2007.

Mielke nominated Venuto for his outstanding leadership in the Entrepreneurs Club and the advisory board as well as his efforts with Ethos Week, a weeklong series of events at EMU that promotes ethics in business. Venuto chaired one subcommittee and participated in two others, including making arrangements for ticket sales.

I had no idea I was even nominated until I found out I won, Venuto said. I became involved with entrepreneurship when I began running my own business since age 10. Ive been selling sports memorabilia through my online and wholesale business, called Good Business, to pay my way through school.

After he graduates in April 2008, his goal is to find a full time job to finance his future venture. I love being an entrepreneur. You can be one in any form of life. I want to write my own ticket.


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