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New competition for business students honours Dean Gorman

Jason Oakley and Kate Boland are presented with the Gorman Cup by Dr. Gary Gorman July 25. Not pictured, team member Ashlyn Gillis.

By Meaghan Whelan

In the hot days of summer it can be tough to keep students’ minds on balance sheets and marketing tactics, but 18 ambitious undergraduate students spent a weekend doing just that when they participated in the inaugural Gorman Cup Summer Business Case Competition on July 25.

Kate Boland, Ashlyn Gillis and Jason Oakley, all term seven bachelor of commerce (co-op) students, took the top honour and a $700 cash prize. Second prize ($400) went to students Jana Harding, Rosemary Flinn and Daniel Bennett. The students were given 48 hours to analyze and make recommendations on a business case. The top three teams presented their findings and took questions from the judges during a presentation round.
The competition is named after Dr. Gary Gorman, who stepped down as dean of the Faculty of Business on July 31, 2009.

“During his tenure as dean, Dr. Gorman was very supportive of case competitions. He often travelled with the teams, found financial support for their travel and assisted with coaching,” explained Dr. Tim Jones, professor and competition organizer. “We hope this internal competition will encourage new business students to participate in such competitions and help prepare them for national and international competitions.”

The Faculty of Business has a long history of success in competitions at the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2009, business students have brought home one bronze, three silver and seven first place finishes in various regional, national and international competitions.