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Biz students bringing home the hardware

By Meaghan Whelan

It’s shaping up to be an exceptional year in terms of competition success for business students. At both the graduate and undergraduate level, Memorial students have been winning top prizes in competition.

In just a few short weeks, an undergraduate case competition team won silver, the SIFE Memorial team advanced from the regionals to the nationals and two teams grabbed gold.

The undergraduate case team of Samantha Attwood, Erin Gullage, MaryBeth Handrigan and Adam Power has another medal to add to their collection. The team won silver in the John Molson School of Business Undergraduate Case Competition in February and the same students also placed second in the 2008 Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) case competition in Coventry, England last spring. Two of the team members, Samantha Attwood and Erin Gullage, competed in the Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC) in January, where they also placed second and brought home a silver medal.

The world champion SIFE team competed in the regional competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 5 and 6. They presented on existing projects, such as Think Green and Project Begin and also introduced a new initiative. Based in Business is a collaboration with the Department of National Defense that will teach injured war veterans essential entrepreneurial skills to help them successfully start and run their own enterprises. The strength of the SIFE programs and the commitment of the students have earned SIFE Memorial a berth in the national competition later in the spring.

Another Memorial team, this one consisting of three MBA students, Trevor Earle, Leonard Felix and Amanda Traverse, and one B.Comm.(co-op) student, Erin Gullage won gold in the Dalhousie Credit Risk Case Competition. The team had a wealth of competition experience. Mr. Earle and Ms. Traverse were on this year’s John Molson MBA Case Competition team and Mr. Felix competed in the SMU Valuation Competition last fall. Ms. Gullage has three second place finishes to her credit, at NIBS, ICBC and the John Molson School of Business Undergraduate Case Competition.

Most recently, the Memorial team won gold in the 2009 Network of International Business School (NIBS) case competition. Team members, Ryan Gosse, Ryan Hopkins, Andrea Kean and Katie Mercer, were in Tennessee the week of March 9 for that competition. The team beat last year’s reigning champions, the Helsinki School of Economics in the final round on March 13.

This host of awards comes as no surprise to Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of

Business. “Memorial’s business students have a legacy of success in case competitions and more recently with the Students in Free Enterprise program, and I think it speaks to the quality of our programs, the dedication of our faculty members who act as coaches and advisors, the support of the business community and the willingness of our students to get involved and put in the time and hard work necessary to succeed,” he explained. “I’m very proud of all those involved.”

The John Molson School of Business Undergraduate Case Competition team and the NIBS team were both coached by Peggy Coady. Lynn Morrissey is the faculty advisor for SIFE Memorial and Dr. Alex Faseruk coached the Dalhousie Credit Risk team.