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Spring 2006 MBA Conference Winners Announced

First place team

From left: Cliff Aseltine, Danny McRea, Tejal Modi, Ajay Shukla, and Sean Sullivan.

Sean Sullivan, Danny McRea, Cliff Aseltine, Ajay Shukla, and Tejal Modi received top honors at the Spring 2006 MBA Conference, held Saturday, May 6 at the University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas.

About 70 University of Houston Victoria MBA students participated in the conference, in which Correen Harrell, Deanna Lewis, Jason Cummings, Jim Upchurch, and David Woods placed second and Kazim Demir, Anthony Ikhimokpa, Dung Nguyen, Jackie Tauriello, and Christine Van Zandt placed third.

Second place team

From left: David Woods, Correen Harrell, Jason Cummings, and Jim Upchurch. Not pictured: Deanna Lewis.

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 Waste Management, Inc., a residential and commercial trash service provider. The teams are evaluated on several criteria, including organization, subject knowledge, quality and use of visual aids, audience interaction, elocution, and teamwork. 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. 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 in the event this spring include students from Austin, Houston, Katy, Missouri City, Pearland, Richmond, Stafford, Sugar Land, and The Woodlands, as well as Victoria, Yoakum, El Campo, and Floresville.

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. A reception honoring all MBA and BBA graduates, as well as the case conference winners, is scheduled following commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2006 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, in the Victoria College Student Center.

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.