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March 12, 2012

UW-Eau Claire students to compete for scholarships in Target Case Competition

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Ten University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will compete in the Target Case Competition for $4,000 in scholarships. They will present their solutions on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from UW-Eau Claire via videoconferencing to the judges at the Target headquarters in Minneapolis, MN.  

The case competition is administered by the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). Don Gaber, Department of Information Systems, is the faculty adviser for the student group.

This year’s case study entitled, “Technology and the Grocery Guest,” requires students to develop a strategy for Target that leverages technology to enhance every aspect of the customer shopping experience.  Creativity, written and oral communication skills, and business strategy all played a part in the final solutions.

2012 student competitors are as follows:

Team One

  • Matt Kempfert, a senior IS systems development major from Appleton, WI
  • Katherine Klundt, a senior biology major from Elm Grove, WI
  • Ryan Patek, a senior business finance and economics major from Green Bay, WI

Team Two

  • Michael Gillard, a sophomore IS business analysis major from Hastings, MN
  • Thomas Guarisco, a junior IS business analysis major from Wausaukee, WI
  • Nathan Hamann, a junior IS systems development major from Bloomington, MN

Team Three

  • Jakob Broesch, a senior IS business analysis major from Hales Corner, WI
  • Nathan Carr, a sophomore computer science major from Woodbury, MN
  • Emily Matuska, a junior IS business analysis and business finance double major from Wabasha, MN
  • Bea Mendez, a senior IS business analysis and international business double major from Venezuela.

Each student on the first place team will receive a $500 scholarship. Members of the 2nd place team will each receive $300 and students on the 3rd place team will each receive $200. The scholarship awards will be presented via video conference on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

A Target Campus Grant written by Gaber funds the scholarships. This is the fourth year Gaber received the grant.

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