Marquette graduate business students win state competition


February 25, 2011

MILWAUKEE – Four students from Marquette University’s Graduate School of Management defeated teams from the University of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to win the third Wisconsin Association for Corporate Growth Cup. The ACG Cup is a case study competition where MBA students analyze and present on a hypothetical investment acquisition. This is the second year in a row Marquette has won the competition.

The Marquette team, which won the $5,000 top prize, comprises executive MBA students Dr. David Blong, D.D.S., Darren Dewing, Brad Hutjens and Tara Stewart. The team first competed internally against five other teams at Marquette to advance to the state competition.

“Competitions like the ACG Cup are important because they emphasize applied learning, which is a cornerstone of business education at Marquette,” said Dr. Jeanne Simmons, associate dean. “In addition to the excitement of competition, we want to give our students the opportunity to live what they are learning.”

Unique to Wisconsin’s ACG Cup is a training program developed by Milwaukee-based investment management firm Cleary Gull, which all students participate in prior to the intra-university competition, Simmons added.

The ACG Cup competition is judged by chief financial officers, investment bankers and other leaders in the field who are ACG members. ACG also provides mentors to the students.