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Release: May 9, 2001

UI MBAs place second in Big Ten Case Competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A team of four students from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa placed second at the Big Ten MBA Case Competition held April 26-28 at Ohio State University's Fisher School of Business.

Team members were first-year MBA students Yana Adamichina, Dan Caprar, Don Schmidt and Andrea Wieland. Lopo Rego, visiting associate professor in the Department of Marketing, was the team's faculty sponsor. In addition to the team award, Adamichina received the award for Best Presenter and Schmidt received the award for Best Questions and Answers.

The team was given a case about Singapore Airlines on Friday, April 27 with the final presentation due early morning on Saturday, April 28. Each team prepared a 50-minute presentation competing against two or three other teams for a spot in the final competition Saturday afternoon.

In the first round of competition the UI team won over Minnesota and Michigan State with Michigan and Penn State also winning their rounds. In the final competition, Penn State was selected the winning team, according to the head judges, by "...mere hundredths of a point..."