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The College of Business challenges freshmen learning communities at Business Olympics 2016

Monday, December 5 2016 12:00am

500 freshmen put their academic skills to the test to compete for gold at the inaugural Business Olympics.

By Holly Moody

500 freshmen, 24 teams, 1 champion. On Nov. 30, the College of Business’s Office of Career Management hosted the inaugural Business Olympics, an event designed to not only create a sense of comradery amongst freshmen learning communities but to also create unity within the newest class of Business Bobcats.

“After working in higher education for 15 years, I can safely say this has been my favorite event to date,” said Jennifer Murphy, assistant dean of Student Services and Career Management.  “I observed students bonding, tremendous faculty support and the best team that I have ever had come together for a successful evening.”

Students filled the gymnasium of the Ping Student Recreation Center on a Wednesday night to compete for bragging rights through this unique academic and social event that was required for all learning community classes this year.

Developed by the Office of Career Management, Business Olympics aimed to put students’ team work, curriculum review and problem solving skills to the test early on in their college careers. The Business Olympics games emphasized the importance of nurturing these core competencies and supporting one another throughout their experiences at Ohio University.

“We wanted this to be an exciting yet rigorous event that students had to really push themselves and stay motivated to complete. It’s important for us to create opportunities that make students apply the skills and lessons that we try to teach within a fun and competitive environment,” said Linsey Hugo, associate director of employer relations.

Throughout the night, each team was coached by their learning community instructor as they raced against time to complete each of their assigned games. From one-minute elevator speeches to a LinkedIn Relay and Quiz Bowl, learning community students contributed to their team’s overall score and motivated one another to successfully complete each game.

Each learning community was awarded with a certain amount of points for each event based on their overall level of performance.

The winning community was awarded with a trophy, pizza party and the title of Business Olympics Champion! Team Davidson, led by learning community instructor and Assistant Professor of Finance Travis Davidson, came away as Business Olympics reigning champions with an impressive total of 125 points.

Team Lawrence, represented by associate professor and director of graduate programs, Heather Lawrence-Benedict, claimed a close second place victory with 123 points while team Marchese, represented by Tom Marchese, executive-in-residence and associate director of the College of Business Honors program, took third place with 121 points.

Chris Moberg, associate dean of the College of Business, emceed the event and awarded team Davidson after defeating 24 learning communities and displaying strong teamwork skills.

“It was incredible to see the entire freshmen class come out on a Wednesday night, get excited about competing and show off the skills that they have gained in their first semester as Business Bobcats,” said Moberg. “I was impressed at the level of commitment and motivation that our students displayed to win. This was a memorable event for our students, faculty and staff to come together and support one another in a fun atmosphere. We look forward to hosting the games for years to come.”

The learning community teams captured memories from #BusinessOlympics2016 with their classmates during the selfie challenge phase of the competition. Check out our #BusinessBobcats and take a peek at the social media buzz during the evenings events!