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Fall 2005 MBA Conference Winners Announced

First place team

From left: Sheril Cheriyan, Sean Sevy, Dean Charles Bullock, Manny De Pau, President Tim Hudson. Not pictured: Shon Bourgeois, Tamika Taylor.

Shon Bourgeois, Sheril Cheriyan, Emmanuel “Manny” De Pau, Sean Sevy, and Tamika Taylor received top honors at the Fall 2005 MBA Conference, held Saturday, December 3 at the University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas.

Almost 90 University of Houston-Victoria MBA students participated in the conference, in which Kris Mikulec, Anil Nagalla, and Suresh Ramamoorthy placed second and Eric Griffin, Jason Hammons, and Paul Lanham placed third.

Second place team

From left: Anil Nagalla, Dean Charles Bullock, Suresh Ramamoorthy, President Tim Hudson. Not pictured: Kris Mikulec.

 
Third place team

From left: Paul Lanham, Eric Griffin, Dean Charles Bullock, Jason Hammons, President Tim Hudson.

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 Noble Corporation, which is a worldwide offshore drilling contractor. 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 MBA program alumni served as panelists for the case competition.

Team rankings are based on a combination of their presentation and written report scores. Members of the top three teams will receive individual certificates, and names of the members of the winning team will appear on a perpetual plaque to be hung in the UHV School of Business Administration. Members of all three teams will also be invited to serve as panelists at future case competitions.

The UH System at Cinco Ranch offers upper division and graduate courses from the four UH System universities: University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria. Students apply to the university that offers the degree they are seeking and then take courses at UH System at Cinco Ranch location in Katy. For more information, visit www.uh.edu/cincoranch/, call 832-842-2800 or come by UH System at Cinco Ranch, located at 4242 South Mason Road, just south of Westheimer Parkway.