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Fall 2004 MBA Conference Winners Announced

First place team

From left: Shane Degeyter, Lisa Guidry, President Tim Hudson, Jie Huang, Dean Charles Bullock, Shasta, and Mario Heredia.

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration is pleased to announce the winning teams from the Fall 2004 MBA Case Competition held on Saturday, December 4, 2004 at the Houston Hilton Southwest in Houston, Texas.

The first place team included Shane Degeyter, Lisa Guidry, Mario Heredia, and Jie Huang (Team 6). The second place team included Lisa Kinsey, Glen Ruppert, Scott Shobe, and Tracy Whitt (Team 13), and the third place team included Pamela Gubbels, Frances Koch, and Yara Quintero (Team 21).

Team rankings were based on a combination of the presentation scores and written case evaluations. This semester’s winning groups will be recognized at a reception following commencement on Saturday, January 8, 2005. Additional details will be announced as soon as they are available. Participants in the top three groups will also be welcomed back to the Spring 2005 MBA Conference as panelists.

The MBA Conference, which was held for the first time in December 2003, is the culmination of the MBA program. Students enrolled in Seminar in Strategic Management, the capstone course of the program, attend the event, which includes a luncheon in their honor. Central to the MBA Conference is the case competition, which provides 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 fall prepared original business case analyses on the company SYSCO, which is engaged in the distribution of food and related products and services to restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, hotels, motels, schools, colleges, cruise ships, sports parks and summer camps - wherever a meal is prepared away from home. The teams are evaluated on several criteria, including organization, subject knowledge, quality and use of visual aids, audience interaction, elocution, and teamwork. 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.

Many UHV School of Business Administration faculty and several MBA alumni served as panelists for the case competition.