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Business students place first in nation

Released: 04/28/2006

A team of students from LSU Alexandria’s business department placed first in a nationwide business simulation competition.

Students Karen Guillory of Pineville, Jonathan Silk of Alexandria and Sarah Gaspard of Hessmer entered the Glo-Bus competition as part of an assignment in the advanced-level Business Policy course taught by Rick Conley.

Not only did they compete against other LSU Alexandria teams, the students competed against teams from universities across the nation.

“It’s been an awesome experience,” Guillory said.

For the competition, teams operated a fictitious digital camera company. Each week, the teams determined the various components of running their business, from cost to revenue projections to insurance to marketing. And each week, Glo-Bus judged the companies against one another and released a weekly ranking.

At the end of the game, LSUA’s “Foto Plus” company finished top overall.

“They competed with colleges and universities nationwide and finished first in the nation. It would indicate they have a good business education because they successfully ran an international company,” said Dr. Walter Hollingsworth, chair of the Department of Business Administration.

Guillory said the simulation required the team to incorporate all they learned in business classes at LSUA. She credits her instructors for giving the team the foundation they needed to get the job done.