Photo: Accounting majors Justin Tuiasosopo, Tami Konishi, Caitlyn Miyamoto, Bernardo Equila, Querida Dydasco, Rachael Rickard, Ayessa Ardiente, Rhys Murphy
A team from Chaminade University placed first in the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education – Student Case Study Competition in Orlando Florida in April. Vying against teams from all over the nation, the students were coached by Professors Richard Kido and Wayne Tanna and advised by Professor Carolyn Kuriyama.
Both graduate and undergraduate business students were eligible to compete. The Chaminade contingent was comprised of two teams of accounting majors. The first place team included graduate student Justin Tuiasosopo, senior Ayessa Ardiente, senior Rachael Rickard, and senior Tami Konishi. Also competing was a team including senior Querida Dydasco, junior Bernardo Equila, junior Caitlyn Miyamoto, and junior Rhys Murphy.
Chaminade’s business curriculum emphasizes ethics, so this year’s competition topic, business ethics, was a good fit for the Chaminade teams.
“We liked the topic for this year’s competition. We had the opportunity to take what we’ve learned and actually apply it to a scenario. One of the issues was regarding cultural preservation versus business progress,” said Ardiente. “We had to create an entire case study relating to ethics and ethics theories in order to present the best possible recommendation when facing an ethical situation.”
What was her favorite part of the experience?
“I would have to say that the highlight of the experience was when Chaminade’s name was called to be one of the three teams in the final round, and then announced as the first place winner. It was an amazing feeling,” says Ardiente.
The students and advisors spent long hours preparing. Dydasco remarked, “We spent all semester preparing, more than 60 hours, and at one point, we spent 12 hours in a room. Our advisors were great. They put in a lot of time helping us.”
Accounting professor Kido said, “I’m very proud of our students! They worked really hard on this project and they deserved to win. We were also very proud of the way our students carried themselves both in the competition and throughout their entire stay in Orlando. They were extremely professional yet were considered to be the friendliest group.”