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UNI business students advance to NIBS championship round

March 12, 2003

Christine Schrage, UNI instructor in management and marketing, (319) 273-2126
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the second consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa will participate in the eight-team championship round of the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) Case Analysis Competition March 15-23. The competition will be held at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Canada.

Students competing from the UNI College of Business Administration are: Jeff McQuillen, a senior management information systems major, with a French minor, from Dubuque; Ryan Moberg, a senior supply chain management major, from Red Oak; Janet Ramirez, a senior marketing major, from San Antonio, Texas; and Victor Hugo Ayala Garces, a senior finance major with a certificate in international business, from Lima, Peru.

More than 60 universities worldwide belong to the NIBS network, a consortium of internationally active schools of business. According to the team's coach, Christine Schrage, UNI instructor in management and marketing, UNI has had the only teams from the United States to have ever been in the championship round during the eight-year history of the competition. Other finalists this year include teams from Thailand, Ireland, Finland, New Zealand, Canada and France.

In order to advance to the finals, teams competed in two preliminary rounds during the fall semester. In each round, the teams were given six hours to read, analyze and write their recommendations to a case concerning international business issues. For the international competition, the team will have only four hours to prepare a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation of its recommendations.

Partial funding for the competition is provided by UNI's Intercollegiate Academics Fund. Team members also sought private donations to help defray costs of the trip.

For more information, contact Christine Schrage, at (319) 273-2126.