The Executive MBA (EMBA) Program at the University of Notre Dame presented five awards this week to individuals, business partners and customers for their contributions and commitment to the program. They are as follows:p. ? James Davis, associate professor of management at Notre Dame and director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, received the Inspiring Educator Award for his active and consistent participation in nondegree executive development programs. A member of the Mendoza College of Business faculty since 1991, Davis specializes in strategic planning, international business and the performance of corporate boards.p. ? Jeffrey Bernel, program director of the Gigot Center, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for both his business accomplishments and commitment to the EMBA program. A 1994 graduate of the program, Bernel is the former chairman, chief executive officer and president of LaPorte, Ind.-based American Rubber Products Corp. In addition to his work in the Gigot Center, he teaches management courses and has established an EMBA scholarship in honor of his brother, John.p. ? Polycom, Inc. and The Globe Group received the Partner in Innovation Awards. Polycom was honored for its instrumental role in the technology used to create the Notre Dame EMBA program’s award-winning distance learning component. The Globe Group was recognized for its execution of a marketing campaign for Notre Dame’s new EMBA initiative in Chicago.p. ? The Owens-Illinois Inc. was honored with the Outstanding Leadership in Executive Education/Degree Award. One of the world’s leading producers of glass and plastics packaging products, Toledo, Ohio-based Owens-Illinois joined with Notre Dame’s EMBA program in 1995 to establish the first off-campus site for its distance learning initiative.p. ?The Bayer Corp. received the Outstanding Leadership in Education/Nondegree Award. Since 1986, Bayer has worked in partnership with Notre Dame to deliver customized programs in leadership, business strategy, ethics and finance to executives and managers worldwide.p. Ranked 30th worldwide by the Financial Times newspaper of London, the EMBA program at Notre Dame was founded in 1982, with a separate division for noncredit courses created a year later. A two-year program, the EMBA is designed to prepare mid- to upper-level managers for succession to senior management. Classes are held all day Friday and Saturday on alternating weekends, making it possible for students to earn a master’s degree while maintaining full-time employment.p.