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February 9, 2009

COB Team Takes Top Honors in Business Simulation Contest

Hilbam Cam, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student team consisting of Carl Bamlet, a Spring 2008 business administration major from Hayfield, MN, and Shannon Hilbert, a December 2008 accounting graduate from Barron, WI, was inducted into the GLO-BUS Hall of Fame in December 2008. The team achieved Grand Champion status by finishing first in its industry in the online Best Strategy Invitational (BSI) competition held December 8-19, 2008. UW-Eau Claire management professors Todd Hostager and Kristy Lauver were also inducted into the GLO-BUS Hall of Fame as master professors. They achieved master professor status by having one or more Grand Champion teams in the BSI competition.

Two other UW-Eau Claire teams also participated in the December BSI event: John Galt Cameras (Aaron Woell, a December 2008 accounting graduate from Eau Claire, WI), and Down and Out (Ben Cain, a senior Accounting and Business Finance double major from Spencer, WI, Brent Haffenbredl, a senior accounting, business finance, and mathematics- actuarial emphasis student from Auburndale, WI, and Andrew Holland, a senior Accounting and Economics double major from Eau Claire, WI) John Galt Cameras finished third in its industry and Down and Out finished fourth.

GLO-BUS, an online computer simulation marketed by McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Inc, lets students experience what it is like to run a digital camera company in head-to-head competition against companies managed by their classmates. Any student-team finishing in 1st place in the GLO-BUS simulation exercise conducted at their university is eligible to participate in the BSI competition. Of the 1,300 teams that used GLO-BUS in Spring 2008, 485 industry-winning teams from around the world were invited to compete in the December 2008 BSI. One-hundred and sixty-four (164) teams from 95 schools in 11 countries actually participating in the event.

Bamlet, Haffenbredl, Hilbert and Woell used the simulation in Management 449, a capstone business strategy course taught by Hostager and Lauver.