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ONU students from The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration “managed” their way to some top awards.


SAM Conference

ONU students from The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration “managed” their way to some top awards at the national SAM conference. "SAM" is the Society for Advancement of Management and was founded in 1912 by the colleagues and disciples of Frederick Taylor, the “Father of Scientific Management.” The conference held in Las Vegas last month gave students the opportunity to develop their presentation skills and to network with management and academic leaders from around the nation.

The following students attended: Karla Geise, senior in Marketing/Management from Fort Loramie, Ohio; Nicole Muryn, a junior in International Business and Economics from Gahanna, Ohio; Todd Chamberlain, a senior in Accounting/Management from Kettering, OH; Julia Post, a junior in International Business from St.Henry, Ohio; Elizabeth (Betsy) Palmer, a senior in Marketing/Management from Oak Habor, Ohio; Kimberly Hunter (Kym) Hunter, a senior in Management, from Clinton, Michigan; Brittney Blakely, a junior in Marketing/Management from Dublin, Ohio; Laura Hess, a senior in Marketing/Management from Kettering, Ohio; Sarah Allman, a senior iin Marketing/Management from Canton, Ohio; Ryan Schell, a P3 in Pharmacy/Management from Findlay, Ohio; Brian Magee, a senior in Marketing/Management from Cleveland, Ohio.

Read senior Karla Geise’s journal of the daily events of the trip to the SAM conference:

KarlaDay 1

Early Sunday morning we arrived at the Columbus airport excitedly awaiting our flight to Las Vegas. We arrived in Las Vegas in the early afternoon and after a nice lunch at one of the restaurants in our hotel, the Harrah’s, we all had some free time to explore the city.

Sunday evening, we attended the conference opening. This event allowed many of us to network with fellow students and business professionals. In addition, the two ONU case teams found out what time they would be competing on Monday.

Day 2

Early Monday morning our first case team, consisting of team members, Laura Hess, Sarah Allman, and Brittney Blakely competed. After their presentation, we all attended the lunch session. Harrah’s Vice Chairman of the Board, Charles L. Atwood, spoke on “Harrah’s Strategy for Continued Success.” This was a very interesting presentation that gave us an inside view of the gaming industry.

After lunch, Kym Hunter, Betsy Palmer and I presented our undergraduate paper entitled, “The War on College Campuses: The Battle between the Textbook Price and the College Student.”

Our paper was very well received. Many professionals and faculty from across the country were impressed with the paper and thought it was a very important topic. In addition, they were all very impressed to see undergraduates presenting an academic paper.

Soon after our presentation, the second case team, consisting of ONU students, Nicole Muryn, Julia Post and Todd Chamberlain presented their case. Both case teams were pleased with their performances. We were one of only a few of the smaller universities to have two case team competing.

The rest of Monday, we spent exploring the wonders of Las Vegas. We explored the many casinos and looked at the unique architecture of each. We all enjoyed being one of the MANY tourists in the city that never sleeps.

Day 3

On Tuesday morning Brian Magee and Ryan Schell presented their undergraduate paper entitled, “Direct to Consumer Drug Advertising: A Study of its Effect on the Consumer’s Quality of Health Care.”

Again, this paper was well received, as academics and professionals were interested in the topic and the quality of the paper presented. Again, everyone was so pleased to see undergraduate students presenting a paper at the conference.

In the afternoon, we had some more free time, and most of us continued to explore the city. I know we all wanted to see as much as possible in the time we had.

Tuesday evening, everyone attended the awards banquet. We had a wonderful showing at this event and were pleased to take home several awards. Our faculty advisor, Dr. Michele Govekar was awarded as “Outstanding Faculty Advisor”. Brian Magee, Betsy Palmer and I were all announced as “Outstanding Regional Students”, and I also was awarded one of the 15 “Outstanding National Student Awards”. Finally, the ONU SAM chapter received a third place award in the large division for the “Campus Chapter Performance Awards”.

Although, neither of our case teams placed, we were all pleased with the other success we had and the wonderful opportunity we had to showcase the talent of the students from Ohio Northern’s James F. Dicke College of Business Administration.

Day 4

It was finally time for us all to leave Las Vegas, NV. Although, we were sad to go, but pleased to be leaving with several awards!