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CSU wins the battle of the Business Schools

December 13, 2012

As Colorado continues to grow its reputation as a hotspot for entrepreneurs and businesspeople, its two state universities, Colorado State University and University of Colorado Boulder, feature premier business schools that are producing some of the nation's strongest business leaders.

CSU and CU go head-to-head in the first Battle of the Business Schools.In the spirit of healthy competition between the two schools, whose rivalry dates back more than a century, the first annual Battle of the Business Schools competition took place Nov. 28 at the DCP Midstream offices in Denver.

Showcasing state's premier business schools

Denver-based strategy and management consulting firm, RAS & Associates, partnered with DCP Midstream, a national leader in the midstream natural gas industry, to create a case competition to showcase two of the state’s premier business schools and their respective student talent in a spirited, head-to-head business competition.

The case study featured an actual scenario DCP Midstream had maneuvered previously, so judges of the competition were able to see how students’ solutions compared to DCP’s real-world application. Student teams had to decide how to expand DCP based on three options revolving around whether or not to build new plants.

CSU comes out on top

The team from CSU presented a clear and concise solution that in the end gave them a slight advantage over the CU team.

Lexi De Forest, Cody Jones, Brett Lane, Sarah McCue, Christopher Millard, and Jon Steinhoff represented CSU. The team featured students with a variety of backgrounds in the College of Business, and they attributed part of their success to their mixture of expertise.
 

“One thing that made our team stand out is we took people from all areas of business,” said Sarah McCue, a senior finance and real estate student. “That we had all aspects of business working together really benefitted us.”

“We had a great time competing academically against CU,” said Jonathan Steinhoff, a senior management student. “Bill Shuster was great at putting together a team, and I think that diversity really helped us out.”

Rated highest in quality and creativity

The teams presented their respective solutions to a panel consisting of representatives from DCP Midstream and RAS & Associates. The panel convened to evaluate each team’s proposal and announced Colorado State University’s College of Business team as the winner. CSU’s presentation was rated highest in the quality of the presentation and the creativity of the solution, which led CSU to winning the entire competition.

The College of Business at CSU is proud of these students for representing their university and their college so well. This annual competition promises to provide a fun, constructive platform for collaboration between Colorado’s premier business schools, and the College of Business looks forward to supporting the next group of students to represent CSU.