Stand Up and Be Seen!
Four students in the Master of Business Administration program at WCSU have earned the top prize in a nationwide competition to design a new leadership volunteer institute for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
WCSU students Rachid Chtioui, Kathleen Lindenmayer, Thomas Loughman and Stacey Miller prevailed against MBA student teams from Golden Gate University, the University of California at Northridge, and the University of Texas at Dallas to receive the award in the AARP/IW Group MBA Case Competition announced on April 25, 2011. The WCSU Ancell School of Business will receive a prize of $10,000 in recognition of the winning case study for a leadership volunteer institute, which the students presented in summer 2011 to AARP senior management at the organization’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Arrangements for the competition were coordinated and sponsored by Bill Imada, chairman and CEO of IW Group, an advertising and public relations firm specializing in the growing Asian-American market in the United States.
The award marked the capstone of an intensive project that required research on AARP’s mission and organization, design of a national leadership volunteer institute consistent with AARP’s priorities, and analysis of instructional and financial requirements to propose a high-impact and cost-effective program. The students collaborated closely with their faculty adviser and school liaison for the project, Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Karen Koza, and with Ancell School of Business Dean Dr. Allen Morton.
“I am particularly proud of our students and commend them for their ability to design, research and cost out a nationwide training institute for AARP in a period of approximately six weeks,” Morton observed. “Karen Koza deserves praise for guiding our students through this difficult and time-consuming task, and for creating an outstanding learning opportunity for our students.”