Harrison College of Business Students to Represent Southeast in International Business Championship

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 8, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University will be represented by a team of  students from the Harrison College of Business in the 2011 championship round of an international case analysis competition. The Championship Round will be held Feb. 19-26, at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

The competition is sponsored by the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS). Only 10 teams were selected from a Qualifying Round held in November. Over 60 universities worldwide belong to the NIBS Network of International Business Schools. Each of the universities has the opportunity to compete in the Qualifying Round for the opportunity to participate in the weeklong championship round.

This is the third time Southeast students have qualified for the finals of this NIBS competition.

The team will compete against nine international teams in the finals, including teams from four universities in Canada, as well as teams from Ireland, Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

“It is quite an accomplishment for the Southeast students to again be included in the final 10 teams that were invited to the Championship Round,” says Dr. Willie Redmond, professor of economics and finance, who serves as faculty advisor for the team. “This reflects very positively on the quality of education that is being delivered by the Harrison College of Business and Southeast in general.”

Southeast’s team, which consists of four business students, includes Emilee Glueck, a junior in integrated marketing communications from Scott City, Mo.; Danielle Huebner, a senior sports management major from Red Bud, Ill.; Denise Schmidt, a senior mass communications major from Collierville, Tenn.; and Daniel Schuenemeyer, a senior accounting major from Cape Girardeau, Mo. Team members were chosen through faculty nominations.

“I would like to commend the students on the current Southeast team, who took the time from their busy fall semester to prepare for this competition,” says Redmond. “They should be very proud to reach the Championship Round in this intensely competitive contest”

The team has been practicing diligently for the competition.

According to Redmond, “Each one of the students are so involved in classes and other activities, that the only six-hour block that they could have together was on a Sunday afternoon from 1 to 7 p.m. So after first taking time to prepare for the experience, they essentially gave up a big part of their weekend to come in and work on the actual case.”

The NIBS competition is another step in Southeast’s continuous efforts to provide students with real world experience and internationalize the University, according to Redmond.

“This is an invaluable experience for our students,” Redmond said. “On one hand, they get the experience of thinking through varied business problems in a competitive setting, as a paid consultant may have to do. However, even more importantly, they get the experience of traveling to a different country and interacting with students from different countries and cultures.”

When asked about the competition, team member Daniel Schuenemeyer emphasized his professors’ assistance in the team’s success.

“The professors at Southeast have, without a doubt, played the most important role in preparing for this competition,” he says. “Throughout most of my classes, professors have fostered discussions on international issues as well as ethics.

“I feel privileged to be able to represent the Harrison College of Business and Southeast Missouri State University in this competition,” he said. “I am incredibly excited about a trip to Canada. This is one of the exciting parts about being a business major, here, at Southeast. The Harrison College of Business continuously brings international issues to the campus both in the classroom and through special presentations.”