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Business students receive first place honors in case competition

Case Competition Winners
A team of Penn State Berks Business students received first place honors in the inaugural Penn State Smeal College of Business case competition, which was held February 3-5, 2011, at Penn State University Park campus. The competition was sponsored by Kohl¹s Department Stores, and the winning team was awarded a $5,000 shopping spree at Kohl¹s.
The Penn State Berks team was comprised of seniors Laura Hayes from Gilbertsville, and Cory Varona from West Lawn; and juniors Tyler Sweigart from Denver, and Janessa Weaver from Ephrata. The students traveled with Ron Jastrzebski, Lecturer in Accounting at Penn State Berks, to University Park campus to compete in a round-the-clock competition.
Fourteen teams comprised of four students each received the case on Feb. 4 and had approximately 24 hours to review the case, conduct research, and prepare a presentation to address the business problem presented. Executives from Kohl's crafted the case and served as judges for the competition, along with Smeal alumni. After the first round of presentations, the judges selected the top teams for further questioning about the case and their presentations in the final round.
The competition kicked off on Friday, February 3, with a welcome reception and networking dinner. Teams received the proposed challenge the following morning in the order of their assigned presentation time, and each team had approximately 24 hours to work on the assignment. The presentations were held on February 5, and the winning team was announced later that evening at an awards dinner held at the Nittany Lion Inn, followed by a reception.
The competition was organized by Smeal's Career and Corporate Connections and Undergraduate Advising departments, along with the Penn State Marketing Association, a Smeal student organization.
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