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FMU business students take third in national competition

FLORENCE, S.C. – A team of three Francis Marion University School of Business students placed third recently in the annual Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) 2002 International Business Conference student case competition in Washington, D.C.

The FMU team consists of Gary Lamoreaux of Florence, Joshua Sack of Burton, and Magnus Samuelsson of Lootnantsgarden, Sweden.

Twenty-six large and small universities competed. This was the first year that FMU competed in the prestigious student case competition.

The FMU team presented a three-year strategic plan for the Gannett Co. Inc., which publishes the “USA Today” newspaper. They gave a 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges and then fielded questions for 15 minutes. A video of their presentation and question/answer session is being distributed by the SAM organization to universities around the country as a model for student case presentations.

“The FMU student team did such a nice job in this competition that Francis Marion University is becoming known as a university of excellence,” said Fred David, sponsor and trainer of the FMU team.

Headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas, SAM is a leading management club found in colleges, universities, and cities worldwide. The 2003 SAM meeting will be in Orlando, Fla., April 9-13, and FMU will send another student team to compete.

The FMU chapter of SAM is open to all School of Business students. For more information, contact John Urbanski, the faculty adviser to SAM, at 843-661-1417.

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Last Published: April 7, 2004 10:51 AM
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