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Date: May 8, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Student Business Teams Shine at Regional, National Competitions
Macklin Business Institute Students Become First Two-Year Team Ever to Advance to Final Round of Ethics Championship; Second MBI Student Team Heads to Nationals After Winning Regional Event in Philadelphia

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Students from Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute (MBI) competed against their counterparts from prestigious four-year colleges and universities from across the world, on their way to earning regional and division championships at two recent business competitions.

MBI honors students Steven Church, Ivan Salas-Orono, Nicholas Sergon and Dmitriy Gulik formed the first two-year college team ever to advance to the final round at the Loyola Marymount University’s National Intercollegiate Business Ethics Competition in Los Angeles. The competition drew 24 undergraduate teams from top four-year institutions such as Dartmouth College, Villanova University, New York University, the Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy.

Teams participating in the ethics competition select a real-life ethical issue facing a company, and then analyze the issue from legal, financial and ethical perspectives. Students had to propose a solution to the judges, who acted as members of the board of directors for the company being analyzed by the students.

In the finals, the MBI team faced off against fellow undergraduate division champions McGill University and the University of San Francisco, and the two teams that represented the graduate division champions, California-Polytechnic Institute and Saint Joseph's University. The MBI team won a Kerrigan Award, which was presented to the four teams that finished as runners-up to the overall champion, McGill University in Canada.

“[Two-year college] students sometimes feel they don’t belong,” said Stephen Lang, the MBI director at Montgomery College, in noting the challenge that faced his team in competing against business students from four-year colleges, with more experienced teams. “A judge that has been judging the competition for seven years told our students that their presentation was the best one she had seen. The comments they received made them feel they do belong in national competitions.”

At the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Regional Competition in Philadelphia, a second Macklin Business Institute student team was named a regional champion. Students Joyce Krintz, Arjun Achreja, Kumbi Mahari, Steffi Siegmund, Ayesha Qadeer and Tabby Enam will advance to the SIFE USA National Exposition in Chicago, May 13-15.

Judged by business leaders, the team showcased the effect of their outreach projects in their communities, along five educational topics: market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and business ethics. Two of the MBI team’s top projects were a Hispanic entrepreneur workshop, conducted entirely in Spanish, and a World Bank seminar, focusing on the marketing economics criteria.

"I think we have excellent projects and winning the regionals makes [us] want to win the nationals even more," said student Ayesha Qadeer. "Achieving our next goal—winning the nationals—would be a great and memorable end to our team and the MBI program."

Established in 1999, The Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute (MBI) at Montgomery College is a distinctive honors program for college business students. The program offers a challenging curriculum, experiential learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom setting and scholarship benefits. MBI graduates have transferred to top U.S. business schools including the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, Washington University, New York University and Columbia University.

For information about Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/macbus or call 240-567-1707.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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