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BBA Team Co-Champs in MBA Net Impact Resource Challenge

A team of McCombs undergraduate students shared first place with a team of MBAs from Northwestern University at the Net Impact Resource Challenge Nov. 13-14.

Undergrads Bijal Mehta (second from left), Elaine Hsu (fourth from left) and Zoe Gabbard (third from left) beat out more than 30 MBA teams to reach the finals.

Undergrads Bijal Mehta (second from left), Elaine Hsu (fourth from left) and Zoe Gabbard (third from left) beat out more than 30 MBA teams to reach the finals.

Bijal Mehta, Elaine Hsu and Zoe Gabbard were the only undergraduate students to enter, and they beat out more than 30 MBA teams for a spot in the finals, along with teams from Northwestern, MIT and Cornell. The final round took place at Cornell University as part of the 2009 Net Impact National Conference. The Re-source Challenge is a mini-case competition that challenged students to submit a plan for boosting on-campus recycling rates.

The team earned $5,000 in cash and a trip to Connecticut to present its winning plan to the CEO of Nestle Waters, which co-sponsored the challenge with Net Impact and GreenOps. Ultimately, the team hopes to implement its business plan at UT.

Business Honors Students Take Third in Eller Ethics Case Competition

Eric Sung and Jeffrey Siegel, both business honors students, took third place in the Seventh Annual Eller Ethics Case Competition held Oct. 22-24.

Siegel and Sung show some Longhorn pride at the Eller Ethics Case Competiton.

Siegel and Sung show some Longhorn pride at the Eller Ethics Case Competiton.

The competition, hosted by the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, presents pairs of business students from around the world with a business ethics case that they could face in their careers. The students are instructed to consider ethical issues from the viewpoints of different stakeholders and make final recommendations regarding the case.

This year’s case revolved around a fictional automobile company based in India that has produced the lowest-priced vehicle in the world. Students were asked to consider, among other things, the advantages the new vehicle has for helping lower socio-economic groups find both mobility and a way out of poverty, and the accompanying costs of millions of new cars consuming petroleum reserves and adding to air pollution and global climate problems.

Elon University students took first place. Teams from the University of Southern California and Georgetown University took second and fourth place, respectively.



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