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Wingate MBA students place in top ten in worldwide competition

1/26/2011
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L-R:with Wingate University assistant professor Dennis Harlow (center) are MBA students Oktawian
MBA students place in top ten in worldwide competition
Wingate, N.C. -- A group of students in Wingate University's MBA
program who participated in a worldwide competition have scored in the top ten or 99th percentile. The competition known as the Capstone Simulation is a business strategy computer simulation that covers the financial, product marketing, customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction aspects of a competitive business.

The students on the winning Wingate team included Charlotte area's Jennifer Parker Harden, Kevin Davis, John Zulueta and Oktawian Rybinski.

They competed against 1,287 other teams.
"This score is absolutely brilliant and places our students head and
shoulders above other MBA classes involved in this simulation," said
Dr. Dennis Harlow, assistant professor of management for Wingate
University.

During the semester-long competition, which was part of a course on
strategy and policy, the students ran an actual business which
involved making decisions on profit, stock price and production
analysis. They learned how to work in teams and evaluated their
colleagues' effectiveness at the end of the competition. "This
competition integrates all of the functional courses - from finance
and forecasting to marketing," said Harlow.

MBA student Harden said competence and divergent skill sets
contributed to her team's success. "We were lucky to build a team that allowed each individual to play to his or her strengths," she said. "The Capstone process was more than just an MBA exercise; it was an all-encompassing learning experience and, for me, an excellent way to culminate my MBA program at Wingate University."

According to Harlow, the Capstone Simulation teaches students how to integrate skills that will help them become executives with a broad view of business and gain leadership skills for competing in the global marketplace. "The curriculum at Wingate has prepared each of us to succeed in this simulation and in future endeavors," said MBA student Davis. "This project has taught me a great deal about the importance of being a part of an academically dedicated group," added colleague Rybinski.

Wingate University's MBA program is offered at the Matthews Campus. More information may be found at www.mba.wingate.edu.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive
university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a
complete educational experience. Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and
the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence
Award for the past four years.
www.wingate.edu

Photo caption: L-R:with Wingate University assistant professor Dennis Harlow (center) are MBA students Oktawian
Rybinski, Kevin Davis, Jennifer Parker Harden and John Zuletta.

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