This summer the College of Business teamed up with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to challenge students from both universities in an international case competition. The case competition was part of an international program for freshmen and sophomore James Scholars. The students prepared for the trip to Brazil in a BADM 199 class held in spring semester 2010. Working with Professor Terry McCoy, 18 freshman and sophomore James Scholars students received an opportunity to learn about the world’s fifth largest country.
After eight weeks of instruction, class members, Professor McCoy and Dean Collette Niland traveled with honors students to Brazil from May 16 to May 29. The competition was held on May 26 and 27. The University of Sao Paulo hosted the group which also traveled to Rio de Janeiro. Ambev, the parent company of Anheuser Busch, wrote and judged the competition for the teams of students (two each from the College of Business and University of Sao Paulo).
In addition to the case competition, the James Scholars visited Brazilian companies and attended lectures by faculty at University of Sao Paulo.
Attending College of Business students were as follows:
Brian M. Donenberg-member of third-place team
Jamieson D. Gray
Victor Wee Liam Hong
Thomas D. Hough
Annie C. Jao-member of winning team
Sarah Anne Jeep
Daniel Patrick Joyce-member of second-place team
Amanda M. Kidd
Jonathan C. Kinsella-member of third-place team
Adam Eugene Laurenti
Alex C. Menter
Kimberly Elizabeth Nelson
Thomas P. Sullivan-member of winning team
Feiyang Ye-member of second-place team
Zachary A. Youman
Funding support was provided by CIBER, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, and the Office of the Provost.
Visit the University of Sao Paulo website for photos from the competition.
Other stories about the competition can be found here (Portuguese):
FEA Joins Students from ILLINOIS in Case Competition
FEA Concludes the International Case Competition in Partnership with ILLINOIS