Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Magnifico! Kelley team wins BYU Spanish Case Competition

Nicole Budzynski, Jeff Carlson and Claire
Ranzetta won First Place in the BYU
Language Case Competition.
Case competitions can be tough, but can you imagine giving your presentation in a foreign language?
A team of Kelley students did just that at the BYU Language Case Competition in Provo, Utah, this past weekend, winning First Place in the non-native Spanish division.

The winning team members are Jeff CarlsonNicole Budzynski  and Claire Ranzetta.  They all are members of the Consulting Workshop.  

Carlson is a junior from Aurora, Ill., majoring in economic consulting and finance with a minor in Spanish, which he has been studying for eight years. He said the comprehensive nature of the competition appealed to him.

Students developed their presentations in Spanish, wrote executive summaries in Spanish, presented in Spanish and answered questions on their feet in Spanish.

"It was a good way to see how far my classroom knowledge has come, and a good opportunity for hands-on learning about the challenges faced when working across language barriers," Carlson said.

Budzynski, a senior from Zionsville, Ind., majoring in finance and economics with a minor in Spanish, said the competition made her appreciate how much her knowledge of Spanish -- which she has been studying for nine years -- could help her in her career. She talked with several of the judges who had years of experience in front of Spanish-speaking audiences at home and abroad.

"They inspired me with how many doors can open to someone who understands another language and another culture -- and it encouraged me to continue working toward that goal as I start my career."

Ranzetta has been studying Spanish for seven years. The senior from St. Louis is majoring in finance and accounting, and said her favorite part of the case competition was interacting with the judges and meeting students from across the U.S. She also enjoyed the keynote address from Utah State Sen. Luz Robles.

The students' participation was sponsored by Kelley's Center for International Business Education & Research, or CIBER.  Their faculty adviser and case comp coach is professor Joel Rubin, and their language coach is professor Babur De Los Santos.

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