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Spring 2004 MBA Conference Winners Announced

First place team

From left: Franciscus "Harry" Kumala, Laura Janak, and Dean Charles Bullock. Not pictured: Allison Keller.

Laura Janak of Victoria, Allison Keller of Houston, and Franciscus "Harry" Kumala of Katy are the winners of the Spring 2004 MBA Case Competition, a component of the Spring 2004 University of Houston-Victoria MBA Conference held in Sugar Land on Saturday, May 8 at the Marriott Town Square.

The three-member team was honored at a reception on Saturday, May 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the University Center building at UHV. May graduates of the Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration programs were recognized at the event.

The purpose of the case competition, which was held for the first time in December 2003, is to provide MBA students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the MBA program to real-world business situations. Teams participating in the competition this spring prepared original business case analyses on the company Red Hat, which provides Linux and open source technology. The teams are evaluated on several criteria, including organization, subject knowledge, quality and use of visual aids, audience interaction, elocution, and teamwork.

The MBA Conference is the culmination of the MBA program. Students enrolled in Seminar in Strategic Management, the capstone course of the program, attend the event to participate in the case competition, a comprehensive exam, and a luncheon. Because such a large proportion of UHV’s MBA enrollment is now online, students often work in virtual teams, and the MBA Conference represents their first opportunity to meet their classmates. Participants report that the case preparation and presentation experience and the chance to interact with faculty and fellow students make this event worthwhile.

The case competition winners received individual certificates, and their names appear on a perpetual plaque hung in the UHV School of Business Administration. They are also invited to serve as panelists at future case competitions.