Southeast Marketing Students Win in International Competition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 20, 2005 – Two Southeast Missouri State University marketing students won high honors in the 2005 Delta Epsilon Chi International Career Development Conference and Competition May 4-7 at the Disneyland Resort and Conference Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Honored were Angie Merkle of St. Peters, Mo., and Darla Berry of Columbia, Ill.

Merkle won first place in the Restaurant and Food Service competition, competing in an international field of outstanding finalists from the United States and Canada. Berry finished in the top 10 in the Apparel and Accessories competition, competing in an international pool of finalists. In all, the Anaheim competition featured about 2,000 competitors, selected from state and regional competitions held earlier this year.

Also competing in this year’s Anaheim conference were winners from the February state-wide competition at the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., including Southeast students Jennifer Hoffman and Chris Starkey, both of Manchester, Mo.; Jill Mahoney of St. Louis; and Alissa Murphy of Hannibal, Mo.

The Department of Management and Marketing in the Harrison College of Business at Southeast has sponsored Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) for several years, and each year sends numerous participants to the state and international competitions. In the 2004-2005 academic year, the DEX chapter welcomed a new faculty advisor, Dr. John Cherry, associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing. Cherry inherited a strong and growing chapter from his predecessor, Dr. Judy Wiles, professor of marketing in the Harrison College of Business. During the spring 2005 semester, membership climbed to 65, making the Southeast DEX chapter the largest in Missouri.

Delta Epsilon Chi, the college division of DECA, with more than 14,000 members, serves its diverse international membership as a professional organization, providing leadership and career opportunities to develop and enhance the leaders of tomorrow. Delta Epsilon Chi’s renowned Competitive Events Program uses interviews, tests, role-plays, online simulations and written project reports to evaluate students’ marketing and management skills – specific skills identified by the business community as essential for success and taught through Delta Epsilon Chi activities.