Mays student places 1st in national WSJ competition

Being an early riser benefitted Drew Carden ’10, who placed first in the nation in a solo event at the annual Fisher School of Business Biz Quiz in November. Hosted by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, the Biz Quiz tested participants’ knowledge of material in six-weeks’ worth of The Wall Street Journal. Fifty-four students from 18 colleges and universities from across the nation participated in the event. Carden says to prepare for the event, he woke up early to read the Journal for two hours every morning for a month.

The 2009 Mays Biz Quiz team (left to right): Corey Walter '10, advisor Risa Holland, Jeremy Knop '10 and Drew Carden '10
The 2009 Mays Biz Quiz team (left to right): Corey Walter ’10, advisor Risa Holland, Jeremy Knop ’10 and Drew Carden ’10

Carden placed first in the marketplace competition, which taxed his memory on only that section of the newspaper. There was also a team event at the Biz Quiz, in which the Mays team (comprised of Carden and two others) placed 5th out of the 18 competitors. The Mays team jockeyed for position against several of the nation’s top colleges including Emory, University of Texas, and SMU.

In addition to individual preparation on the part of the team members, Risa Holland, the team’s advisor, quizzed the students on WSJ content each week. “I am very proud of our students,” said Holland. “They represented Mays extremely well and have confidence they will continue to excel in their coursework and after graduation.”

Members of the 2009 Mays Biz Quiz team were Corey Walter ’10, finance, Certificate of Trading and Risk Management Program; Jeremy Knop ’10, finance; and Drew Carden, “10, Professional Program, finance track.

INFO grad students sweep regional IT competition

What’s the value of IT management? Ask graduate students from the Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) program at Mays: a team from the program won a regional case competition on the strategic value of IT management, held in Tucson, Arizona, on November 12.

(left to right) Lakshminarayan Subramanian, Bedanta Talukdar, Beth Lipton and CMIS director 'Jon Jasperson
(left to right) Lakshminarayan Subramanian, Bedanta Talukdar, Beth Lipton and CMIS director ‘Jon Jasperson

Mays’ team beat out competition from the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Arizona to qualify for the international competition finals. In May, the team will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete in the final competition at the CA World 2010 symposium.

Congratulations to the members of the winning team: Beth Lipton, Lakshminarayan Subramanian, and Bedanta Talukdar.

Marketing students take the top spots in university-wide sales contest

Forty-eight students from across the A&M campus participated in a collegiate sales contest called Aggies exSELLing, hosted by Mays on November 7. The event was open to all majors and tested the participants’ ability to perform in a mock business-to-business sales setting. Two marketing majors, Garrett Cathey ’11 and Lauren Heintzelman ’11, nabbed the top spots, taking home prizes of $1,000 and $700 respectively.

They faced stiff competition not only from other marketing majors, but also from members of the agriculture and industrial distribution programs. Each participant was judged by a panel of industry representatives from companies such as PepsiCo and Hormel Foods, who ranked them on their ability to sell a given product to a hypothetical company. Students had the opportunity to network with the representatives, and each also received a certificate of completion for competing.