Eller College of Management partners with Wall Street Journal to promote global awareness
New student-created event unites Eller College and high schools in quiz-show-type competition.
TUCSON, Ariz. – February 24, 2005 – How do you hide more than a billion people? Put them in India. A recent national survey found that more than half of Americans ages 18 to 24 couldn’t find the country of India on a world map, a level of ignorance that helped spark the Eller College of Management’s first Global Awareness Competition, February 25, 2005.
The Competition grew out of work by Eller College undergraduates Alero Akporiaye and Jennifer Copenhaver. The two honors students conceived the idea in the College’s Social Entrepreneurship course, and then partnered with the College’s Undergraduate Programs office to organize and implement the event. Along the way, they secured sponsorship from the Wall Street Journal, which contributed $1,500 for prizes.
“Given the interdependencies of today’s businesses and governments worldwide, it’s critical that our students be informed about international issues,” said Undergraduate Programs associate dean Pam Perry. “Alero and Jennifer saw a real need to promote global awareness in a way that engages young people, and they’ve put a tremendous amount of time and energy into making this event happen.”
The Competition will test teams of students from the Eller College and four Tucson-area high schools — Ironwood Ridge, Mountain View, University and Vail — on topics ranging from global events and cultures to geography, with several questions drawn from recent Wall Street Journal articles. Students will answer rapid-fire questions by “buzzing in” Jeopardy-style, using the infrared Classroom Performance System wired into the College’s top-class multimedia classrooms. College and high school students will first compete separately, with teams combining college and high school students squaring off in the final round of competition.
All competition events will take place at The University of Arizona’s McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen Street. Eller College economics professor and New York Times best-selling author Gerald Swanson will offer a keynote speech during lunch (12:00 to 1:30 p.m.) preceding the first round of competition (1:40 p.m.). The final round of competition will begin at 3:00 p.m. with awards presented during closing ceremonies from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship, MIS, and Management. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. and #21 among public business schools. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller College of Management supports approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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