February, 2011

Foster Week of Service 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Foster Week of Service 2011This year marked Foster’s third year of participation in the Foster Week of Service, a week dedicated to students joining together and giving back to the community. Partnering with the Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC), the Undergraduate Business Council was host to ten different student organizations with approximately 11 events during the week of January 18th that focused on hands-on service activities and reaching out to the Seattle community.  More than 200 Foster students and faculty members came together during the week to take part in these events, which ranged from activities such as participating in a Corporate Social Responsibility panel, to tutoring at the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle, and donating items and preparing dinner for the Roots Seattle Youth Shelter.  

This event has steadily grown over the past three years, and organizers hope it will continue to grow in the future. Overall, Foster Week of Service was the perfect opportunity for students to think outside of the typical business-setting and focus on community awareness and philanthropy.

Foster Undergrads Place 3rd in New Zealand!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Four Foster School undergraduates returned from New Zealand on February 13 with a 3rd place trophy from the University of Auckland Business School’s annual Champions Trophy Case Competition.  The Champions Trophy is an elite competition, as invitations are only extended to schools which have been winners of previous international case competitions, as well as consistent performing universities in these competitions.

Collin Larson, Jenny Sang, Kwan Wong and Kevin Durkin proudly display their trophy.

Collin Larson, Jenny Sang, Kwan Wong and Kevin Durkin proudly display their trophy.

Kwan Wong, Jenny Sang, Kevin Durkin and Collin Larson trained for weeks before leaving for the competition, with help from their faculty adviser Leta Beard and other faculty, students and alumni serving as judges for practice presentations.  The competition was grueling, with three days of preliminary rounds where teams would work on a case for 5 hours, with no internet research allowed, and then present it to the judges. The Foster team was in a bracket with Mahidol University International College  (Thailand) and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) for the preliminary rounds. UW stepped out to lead the pack early by winning the most points in the first round, then winning the most points in the second round the next day to automatically qualify for the finals before the third round even began!

In the finals, the Foster team was up against some tough competition, including teams from the University of British Columbia (Canada), Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (The Netherlands) and Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business (Singapore), with UBC winning first place and Maastricht winning second place. While the team was excited about finishing in the top three, their friends and classmates at home followed their success online and showed thier excitement through messages of encouragement and Facebook posts. 

Congratulations to the team on a successful competition as well as furthering the Foster School of Business’ reputation of excellence.