The 7th Annual Strategy Board Competition, held on December 9, 2004,
at the Smith School, was a chance for 74 freshman College Park Scholars
to make strategic recommendations to real-world companies. But it was
also something of a reunion event for Smith alumni. Many judges for the
event are Smith alumni and represent companies that have been involved
with the competition since it started in 1998. This year, four alumni
who participated in the Strategy Board Competition when they themselves
were freshmen College Park Scholars returned as judges: Michael
Rettinger 02, American Express; J.D. Fielder 02, The Pepsi Bottling
Group; Nony Odum 03, Hechts; and Rachel Lovelady 02, Booz Allen
Rettinger, who was also a judge last year, was impressed. Some of
the recommendations from the American Express team, we are just in the
beginning stages of implementing at American Express. They have a good
vision, he said.
The Ryan Homes team won the 2004 competition; team members included
freshmen Clara Abdurazak, Joe Green, Sohail Itani, Zachary Mellman, and
Surya Shivakumar. Congratulations to all of the College Park Scholars
for their excellent work!
PhD 76, urged students to seek out a wide variety of experiences in his
December commencement remarks.
More than 300
students graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business on
December 19, 2004. William Longbrake, PhD 76, vice chair at Washington
Mutual, addressed graduates during the commencement ceremony, held at
the Cole Student Activities Building. The school awarded approximately
250 bachelor's degrees, 80 master's degrees, and five doctoral degrees.
"For most of
you, your lives will take twists and turns that you can hardly imagine
today," said Longbrake in his keynote address. "Seek out a wide variety
of experiences and learn from each of them. They will prepare you to
deal with the unexpected. They will prepare you to take on enormous
challenges. And they will give you the ability to become successful and