Ten students matched wits on November 6, 2012, in the finals of Biz Wiz, a new contest created by Eberly College of Business and Information Technology to test students' knowledge of the business world in an educational and entertaining way.
The students were chosen from a group of about 200 who competed in a preliminary round of Biz Wiz in October.
The finalists, competing in teams of two, were Liu Liu and Gordon Tanson, general management MBA; Mike Williamson and Grey David Berrier, finance seniors; Chioma Umunnakwe and Ang Shun Thai, human resource management senior and marketing junior, respectively; Andrew Hedman and Nathan Donsen, finance MBA; and Spoorthi Nadiger and Shreyas Jayaram, finance MBA.
They covered 18 rounds of questions on business and economic current events, business terminology, and other business topics; the Eberly Common ReaderThat Used to Be Us; and, in honor of Election Day, the history of the Presidential office.
Mike Williamson and Grey Berrier came in first place, with Andrew Hedman and Nathan Donsen coming in second. Two of the teams, Nadiger/Jayaram and Liu/Tanson, shared the third prize.
All the winners received plaques and shared a scholarship amount of $1,200.
Dean’s associate Prashanth Bharadwaj conceived and hosted the event. Assistant dean for technology Raj Murthy and his team provided the technology, and Divyashree Ravishankar, program manager of the IUP–India MBA program, provided the creative support. Bill McPherson, faculty advisor for the Eberly Honors Program, and Cyndy Strittimatter, assistant dean for Administration and Finance, provided the promotional and administrative support for the event.
Biz Wiz attracted nearly 500 students, faculty, and staff.
—By Alycia King