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 Date: May 11, 2007 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Spring 2007 UHV MBA Case Conference Winners Announced


About 55 University of Houston-Victoria MBA students participated in the Spring 2007 MBA Conference held at the University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas on Saturday, May 5, 2007.

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 Dell, Inc., a leading computer systems company. 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 UHVís 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 Spring, as well as Victoria, Yoakum, and El Campo.

The first place team included Brad Baynes, Brian Sharp, Chad Torrence, and Joel Hare. The second place team included Yi Luo, Oke Ugburo-Shanomi, Farah Ullah, and Christopher Wasson. The third place team included Devendra Agrawal, Michael Landry, and James McCoy. 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, call 832-842-2800 or come by UH System at Cinco Ranch, located at 4242 South Mason Road, just south of Westheimer Parkway.


First place team Brad Baynes, Brian Sharp, Chad Torrence, and Joel Hare
The first place team included Brad Baynes, Brian Sharp, Chad Torrence, and Joel Hare(Pictured from left to right).


Second place team Christopher Wasson, Farah Ullah, Oke Ugburo-Shanomi, and Yi Luo
Second Place Team: Christopher Wasson, Farah Ullah, Oke Ugburo-Shanomi, and Yi Luo(Pictured from left to right).


Third place team Devendra Agrawal, James McCoy, and Michael Landry
Third Place Team: Devendra Agrawal, James McCoy, and Michael Landry
(Pictured from left to right).



The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelorís and masterís degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.