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Bill Rancic judges Saint Xavier students' papers on business issues

Two students win autographed books

Chicago (Sept. 25, 2006) – As part of his recent visit to Saint Xavier University, “Apprentice” Bill Rancic discussed and judged undergraduate and graduate student papers on real-life ethical dilemmas in the business world.

Undergraduate students from the Graham School of Management wrote about Chicago’s “big box” minimum wage ordinance that was recently vetoed by Mayor Richard Daley. Graduate student papers tackled the pros and cons of pharmaceutical companies marketing directly to consumers. Instructors from the Graham School of Management chose the best three papers from each division, and those students met with Rancic to discuss them.

The winner in the undergraduate competition was Jason Korah of Orland Park, a junior majoring in business. Oak Lawn resident Ayako Ota, a junior majoring in accounting, and business management senior Monica Vargas of Oak Lawn were the other two finalists.

In the graduate division, the winner was Kathy Swanson of Palos Park, who is in the Graham School of Management’s MBA program in project management and health administration. The other finalists were Kristine Rangel of Worth, who is working on an MBA in finance, and Gary McLaughlin of Tinley Park, who is also working on his MBA in finance.

The winners received autographed copies of Rancic’s book, and all participants received certificates singed by Rancic.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to share their views on these controversial business issues and interact with the first ‘Apprentice’ winner,” said John Eber, dean of the Graham School of Management. “I think the students were enriched by the experience and Mr. Rancic was impressed by their efforts.”

An Orland Park native and graduate of Sandburg High School, Rancic’s visit and free lecture helped kick off Saint Xavier University’s Homecoming Week activities and 160th anniversary celebration. In his lecture, Rancic addressed the ethical challenges he confronts as an entrepreneur. Rancic achieved fame as Donald Trump’s first “apprentice,” which won him the job of overseeing construction of Trump Tower in Chicago for a year.

The Graham School of Management provides theoretically sound and practically oriented programs to serve the broad needs of students interested in or continuing in the challenging fields of business and management.

The Graham School offers MBA programs in e-commerce, disaster preparedness and management, employee health benefits, finance, financial analysis and investments, financial fraud examination and management, financial planning, health administration, management, marketing, project management, public and non-profit management, service management, and training and workplace learning. All programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. For more information about the programs, please visit www.sxu.edu/gsm.

Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a comprehensive Catholic university serving more than 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park. The University offers 35 undergraduate majors and more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing with day, evening and weekend courses to fit busy schedules.


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