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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

UT Austin Team Tops UA Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

Twenty-nine universities vie for top honors in annual competition hosted by the Eller College of Management.

TUCSON, Ariz. – October 24, 2011 – Bhargav Srinivasan and Kelley Rytlewski, students representing the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas Austin, took top honors at the ninth annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition, hosted by the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. Northern Illinois University, United States Naval Academy, and Brigham Young University took second, third, and fourth place, respectively.

Regional runners-up were University of Idaho for the Midwest division, University of North Dakota for the Western division, Simon Fraser University for the Southern division, and Elon University for the Eastern division.

Students from Northern Illinois University won the Stephanie Chance “Bright Line” Award, which offers a forum for the students to dig deeper into the ethical issues of the case in essay form. The award is named in memory of an Eller College alumna who passed away serving in the Peace Corps in Africa.

The annual competition challenges students from universities around the country to analyze a timely ethical case with real-world business application. The 2011 case, developed by EthicsPoint Distinguished Lecturer Paul Melendez and senior lecturer in management Suzanne Cummins, asked the students to assume the identity of a risk mitigation team of a local bank and respond to a family considering a strategic default on their mortgage.

The students presented their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges in two rounds. The judges rated team performances on delivery, depth of analysis, persuasiveness, recommendations, and responses to questions, then advanced four teams to the final round.  
The Collegiate Ethics Case Competition at the Eller College of Management is sponsored by Walgreens, EthicsPoint, Ernst & Young, Bank of America, Northwestern Mutual, Hewlett Packard, and Target.

Participating Institutions:

Arizona State University (W.P. Carey)
Boston College
Brigham Young University
Concordia University
Elon University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Northern Illinois University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Queen’s University
Rutgers University
Simon Fraser University
Syracuse University
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Florida
University of Idaho
University of Iowa
University of Las Vegas
University of New Mexico (Anderson)
University of North Dakota
University of Oregon
University of Southern California
University of Texas Austin
University of Texas Dallas
University of Utah
U.S. Naval Academy
Valdosta State University

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 No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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