On August 26, 2019, many curious young people gathered at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management for the new fall term. At Campus Vallendar, 241 Bachelor students began their studies. In the Master programs, there were 140 students, 86 of them in the Master in Management, 38 in the Master in Finance and 16 in the Master in Entrepreneurship Program.
The first item on the program for the new students was the official welcome by the dean of WHU, Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, and by the deputy dean, Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand, the program directors, Professor Dr. Burcin Yurtoglu (Master in Management and Master in Finance), Professor Dr. Christoph Hienerth (Master in Entrepreneurship), and Professor Dr. Christian Hagist (Bachelor of Science).
During the introduction week, the new students get to know WHU in official welcoming events and their fellow students during various informal events. Both during the Welcome BBQ in the evening and at the team building for the Master's programs in the Sayn climbing forest, there will be numerous opportunities for students to experience the WHU spirit and make new friends.
A traditional part of the introduction week was the presentation of the D'Ester Award, which the WHU Foundation annually awards to students who have shown special social commitment during their studies. The D'Ester Prize is named after the family of the architect of Marienburg, WHU's oldest building. It is not only a reminder of the family that lived in this house for about 200 years from the second half of the 18th century onwards, but also of the fact that the owner's family was known for its social commitment, which went far beyond their interests.
Lukas Zervudakis (BSc 2019) was awarded this year's D'Ester Prize. "A life-saving hero - metaphorically and literally," quoted Dr. Peter Kreutter, Director of the WHU Foundation, friends and fellow students of the award winner. During his time at WHU, Lukas Zervudakis was particularly involved with the First Responders. He completed the First Responder apprenticeship, which included a four-week hospital internship, in which he helped sick and injured people in and around Vallendar. Within two semesters of 24/7 on-call duty, he has dealt with 50 severe and life-threatening cases. He also assured that two introduction weeks proceeded safely by providing professional help to the students. In addition to his honorable involvement with First Responders, he is also known for being a great help to his fellow students in solving everyday problems. As a car technician, offering starting aid; as a professional IT support, managing the IT needed for initiatives or private concerns; and finally yet importantly as a photographer capturing special moments of student events. "Lukas Zervudakis is a good example of selfless commitment to the WHU community. He is a role model for all of us, and we are very proud to award him the D'Ester Prize for his outstanding willingness and extraordinary enthusiasm," concluded Dr. Peter Kreutter.