Freshmen Participate in First Year Seminar Case Competition

December 13, 2011

First year McDonough School of Business undergraduates recently completed the First Year Seminar case competition, titled International Business, Public Policy, and Society. Students were tasked with investigating and proposing a solution to a challenge from a the non-profit organization One Global Economy, which provides technical and informational assistance and access through social network and media sites worldwide – particularly in emerging markets.

The team consisting of Shilpa Chandran, Matt Paras, Michael Umbrecht, Rachel Schappacer, and Sean Sullivan placed first. Second place was awarded to Allison Latham, Rebecca Aklilu, Joseph Gowen, Matt Reichman, and Michael Dulfer.

“The benefits of our new First Year Seminar extend beyond the classroom -- our students learn how to apply their knowledge in real case situations and experience the importance of giving back to the global community in which we live,” said Norean R. Sharpe, senior associate dean for the undergraduate program. “I can't think of a more important and impactful program for first-year business students."

This semester, faculty contributors included professors James Angel, Arthur Dong, John Mayo, Dennis Quinn, and Charles Skuba. The co-directors of the program are Associate Professor Robin Dillon-Merrill and Senior Assistant Dean Patricia Louison.

-- George D'Angelo