Western Business Students Excell at TVA Investment Challenge and Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference
From staff reports 

Students and faculty of the Western Carolina University College of Business recently attended the Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Challenge Conference in Nashville, Tenn. 

The TVA Investment Challenge allows students to manage $100,000 portfolios for the TVA. 

The teams earning the highest return win scholarship monies for their universities. Nineteen Tennessee Valley universities were represented at the conference. 

Western students who participated were Dustin Alsop of Cornelius, financial planning major; Janet Carstens of Cullowhee, financial planning major; Jerry Dorsey of Gastonia, corporate finance major; Danielle Fournier of Glendale Springs, corporate finance major; Nicole Root of Globe, Ariz., corporate finance major; and Lee Schwartz of Rocky Mount, corporate finance and accounting major. 

Participating Western faculty were assistant professors of economics, finance and international business Grace Allen and Robert Mulligan, and Ronald Schiffler, dean of the WCU College of Business. 

WCU students placed in six competitive events at the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity’s State Leadership Conference in Raleigh.

In team competition, sophomore management major Kim Allen of Asheville and junior business administration and law major Mitzi Myers of Murphy finished fourth in the American Enterprise Project, which aims to increase understanding of and support for the American enterprise system.

In the business law competition, a written examination, senior communication and political science major Jonathan Rowe of Cary finished third, and sophomore business administration and law major Jennifer Stalcup of Andrews finished fourth.

The team of Allen, Stalcup, and senior finance and accounting major Amber Head of Highland Park, Ill., finished fourth for their presentation of the community service project. 

Senior communication major Andrew Patrick of Charlotte and Jonathan Rowe finished fourth in the "partnership with business" project. The WCU chapter won one of six Gold Seal Chapter Awards given statewide.

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