Southeast Harrison College of Business Student Places Third in International Competition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 29, 2009 – A student from Southeast Missouri State University’s Harrison College of Business recently finished third in an international marketing and management competition.  

Ashley Malone, a senior integrated marketing communications major from Cedar Hill, Mo., competed against more than 100 students from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico in a marketing management competition at the Delta Epsilon Chi International Career Development Conference held April 22-25 in Anaheim, Calif. The conference attracts more than 1,000 students annually.

“Ashley’s third place finish on an international stage is an impressive win,” said Dr. John Cherry, professor in Southeast’s Department of Management and Marketing, and chapter advisor for Delta Epsilon Chi.

In February, Malone finished first in the same event at the Delta Epsilon Chi State Career Development Conference. She also placed third in an international field of competitors in the retail management category at the organization’s 2008 International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

“Our students have achieved excellent results going back over the years,” Cherry said. “All our DEX competitors bring honor to our college and University; Ashley is one of the very few who have done it for two years in a row.”

Delta Epsilon Chi, a student service organization in the Harrison College of Business, is an international association of students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service. Delta Epsilon Chi is affiliated with DECA, a similar organization for high school students.

The association’s Career Development Conference helps prepare students for entry into professional roles in these fields, according to Cherry.

In addition to her top-ranking finishes, Malone is currently serving her second term as an officer of the Southeast Delta Epsilon Chi chapter.