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Fall 2007 MBA Conference Winners Announced

First place team

From left: Sara Olfat, Heather Holsey, Christopher Thompson, and Sandra Aultman

About 80 University of Houston Victoria MBA students participated in the Fall 2007 MBA Conference held at the University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas on Saturday, December 1, 2007.

Second place team

From left: Christopher Whiteley, Jacquelin Michalak, Stephen Chauffe, and Lauren Nasseri

Third place team

From left: Javier (Ricardo) Castillo, Grant Garrison, Geena Philip, and Mike Kavanaugh

The MBA Conference, which was held for the first time in December 2003, is the culmination of the MBA program. Students enrolled in the 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 Walmart. The teams are evaluated on several criteria, including organization, subject knowledge, quality and use of visual aids, audience interaction, elocution, and teamwork. Previous 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 serve 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.

The first place team included Sandra Aultman, Heather Holsey, Sara Olfat, and Christopher Thompson. The second place team included Stephen Chauffe, Jacquelin Michalak, Lauren Nasseri, and Christopher Whitely. The third place team included Javier (Ricardo) Castillo, Grant Garrison, Mike Kavanaugh, and Geena Philip. Members of the top three teams received 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.

Students from MGT 6369 were also doing their end of semester presentations at the UH System Cinco Ranch that day. MGT 6369: International Business Strategy is the capstone course for the Global MBA program. This course was offered for the first time during Fall 2007, and it allowed students in UHV’s Global MBA program to participate in real-time business simulation game against MBA students from universities across the country.

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.