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Spring 2005 MBA Conference Winners Announced

First place team

From left: Jose Luis Da Rocha, Jr., Janaina Sari Da Rocha, Dean Charles Bullock, Stacey Severovich, and Wale Ogunye.

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration is pleased to announce the winning teams from the Spring 2005 MBA Case Competition held on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at the University of Houston System-Cinco Ranch campus in Katy, Texas.

The first place team included Jose Luis Da Rocha, Jr., Wale Ogunye, Janaina Sari Da Rocha, and Stacey Severovich (Team 7). The second place team included Nicole Castro, Kori Rosalis, Kiran Sakhuja, and Jennifer Smith (Team 10), and the third place team included Arun Anand, German Herrero, and Robert Sorley (Team 13).

Team rankings were based on a combination of the presentation scores and written case evaluations. This semester’s winning groups were recognized at a reception following commencement on Saturday, May 14, 2005. Participants in the top three groups will be welcomed back to the Fall 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 spring prepared original business case analyses on the Mills Corporation, which develops and manages malls such as the Katy Mills Mall. 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.