William & Mary Takes Top Honors at Alpha Kappa Psi Case Competition

WILLIAMSBURG, VA --William and Mary took top honors in the Alpha Kappa Psi Case Competition held February 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. The winning team, part of more than a dozen William and Mary students, represented the Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.

The winning team members from the Mason School of Business were Amelia Hagen, Kelley Kaplan, and Scott Zickefoose. Professors Scott Swan, Bill Geary, and Ronald Sims guided and advised both W&M teams in the case competition. A total of 13 teams from the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Regions participated.

The Case Competition, sponsored for a second year by the Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation, introduces students to the realities of decision making-including incomplete information, time constraints and conflicting goals--giving them first-hand experience in analyzing business situations. The competition is designed to stimulate students' thinking by challenging their capabilities and preparing them for future managerial decision making

"This is a magnificent achievement!  Congratulations to all of our students who participated.  Once again our remarkable students and faculty have honored all of us with their accomplishments.  We thank them," said Lawrence B. Pulley, dean of the Mason School.

The competition is held in conjunction with the Success Institute. The Success Institute is held simultaneously in different regions across the country, and offers students a weekend focusing on building skills at the individual level. With sessions on professional and personal development, chapter management, business etiquette and team leadership, students can "piece" together their own weekend by selecting those programs that will benefit the development of the individual student or the chapter as a whole.

Case Competition teams consisted of up to four students and each team presented its analysis of the chosen case at the Success Institute. Presentations were made before a panel of professionals. Judges scored the team based on its analysis, presentation and question and answer session. The winning William and Mary team received $1,000 in scholarships from the Carlton J. Seigler Scholarship Fund.