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Neeley Students and Programs Stand Out at National and Regional Competitions

The Business Information Systems program, Educational Investment Fund and TCU MBAs were selected as finalists in prestigious competitions.

April 07,  2014

By Elaine Cole

In academics as in sports, TCU is no stranger to tough competition. Going up against the best in the region and the nation, Neeley School students and programs made the final cut in every competition they entered.

The Business Information Systems program was selected as a finalist in the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s Tech Titans awards, which celebrates the achievements of cutting-edge leaders who have contributed to the technology sector by making a local and industry-wide impact. This year’s finalists included some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s leading corporations, organizations, educational programs and fast-growing companies. The Business Information Systems major teaches students to apply technology and business knowledge to analyze and solve business problems, leverage resources and transform organizations.

“This was a very prestigious honor for the BIS program,” said Jane Mackay, director of the BIS program. The Neeley School was a sponsor for the Tech Titan Awards.

The TCU Educational Investment Fund (EIF) was selected as one of only five finalists out of 38 universities from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana and six Central American universities, for the Portfolio Managers’ Competition at the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium. The competition recognizes excellence in student-managed funds. Creighton Bassett (MBA) and Ryan Mulvaney (finance major) represented TCU. The TCU EIF students were recognized for their outstanding performance, having beaten the S&P500 stock market index seven out of the past 10 years.

“Creighton and Ryan did a great job explaining our methods as well as our performance. I am very proud of all of the TCU EIF students and their commitment to excellence,” said Larry Lockwood, the Stan Block Endowed Chair in Finance and advisor for the TCU EIF. The Educational Investment Fund gives select graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to experience real market forces as they invest the $1.4 million portfolio wisely.

This spring, two teams of MBA students answered the call and made their way to the finals of two competitions. The TCU MBA Team of Mykel Diggins, Drew Fay, Zhenya Egupova and Vinh Nguyen advanced to the Championship Round of the 2014 LEEDS Net Impact Case Competition, out of more than 45 MBA student teams. The competition focused on solving real-world sustainability business cases. Another team of TCU MBAs, Andy Mabry, Dustin Schelle, Glenn Decker and Paige Gong, advanced to the final round of the Big 12 Case Competition, based on the quality of their analysis of a business problem, their recommendations and their presentation.

“We are very proud of what the TCU team accomplished,” said Ed Riefenstahl, director of MBA experiential learning. He added that the Neeley School will host the Big 12 Case Competition in 2015. “We’re looking forward to a world-class event at TCU.”