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SUBJECT: Memorial University business students win International Case Competition
DATE: March 27, 2003

Four undergraduate business students took on the world and won at an international case competition last week. Gregory Cashin, David Coffin, Frank Davis and Matt Norris participated in the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) International Case Competition held at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec.

Only seven other teams from around the world qualified to compete in the championship round in Quebec, including schools from as far away as Thailand and New Zealand. Memorial went into the final round undefeated and beat the team from Helsinki, Finland for a perfect record and the top prize.

"It's just sinking in that we won the competition," said team member David Coffin. "During the competition we started the day at 6:30 a.m. and spent most of the days in isolation working on business cases. But we took advantage of what free time we had and it was really great meeting students from other business schools around the world. Interacting with such a diverse mix of students was an excellent experience."

"These guys really came together and competed as a team," said team advisor Dr. Oz Palasvirta. "That's very rewarding for me as their coach. The fact they were undefeated illustrates just how well they worked as a team. A lot of people help prepare them for competition, but it is still the team members who must dedicate themselves to the competition and pull it off."

NIBS was established in 1993 to bring together business schools that believe that economic globalization is essential in the evolution of managerial practices. NIBS' member institutions work together to promote student and faculty exchanges and interactions, exchange ideas, and set up joint teaching and research programs while sharing mutual recognition of qualifications.

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