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Trine SPS students excel in competition
Place in top five percent for eighth time
For the eighth time, Trine University School of Professional Studies (SPS) students placed in the top five percent in a national business computer simulationcompetition.
Trine SPS spring MGT 473 business computer simulation students placed third and 38th of 2,400 teams of university students in the national contest, said Trine University Fort Wayne Director of Assessment and Coordinator of Online Programs Dan Boylan. The Trine team of Grace Johnson, Carrie Jack, and Heidi Yoder, taught by professor Thomas Van Buskirk, placed third in round four for cumulative profit. Van Buskirk’s team of Jon-Paul Capito, Jacob Hensey, and Joe Witherspoon placed 38th in the same round.
The Capstone Simulation (CAPSIM) gives students hands-on experience with all aspects of a business as the last course for business majors, pulling all business subjects together. “It’s a real life, hands-on application rather than memorization,” Boylan said. “The program requires students to think strategically and creatively. The adult students really seem to enjoy it.”
The Trine teams competed against large universities such as Seton Hall, Ferris State, Auburn, University of North Florida, and Tennessee State, among many others.“We are pleased with the results,” he said. “We are especially proud of our third place finish, our highest ranking to this point. We are encouraged by the success of our Trine University SPS students.”