Marietta earns two awards at annual Tau Pi Phi case competition

winners-tppFive Marietta College students — split into two teams — finished second in one competition and third in another at the annual Tau Pi Phi national honorary case competition in Pittsburgh.

Caleb Hester ’16 (Lancaster, Ohio) and Morgan Spradling ’16 (Hurricane, W.Va.) earned second place in the two-person team event, while Mollee Brown ’16 (Fairmont, W.Va.), Matt Napier ’14 (Powell, Ohio) and Yiqi Shi ’15 (Beijing, China) were awarded third prize for the three-person team.

“Faculty members of the Business & Economics Department are always very proud of our students when they perform so well in case competitions, especially when all of our team participants end up placing in the final results,” said David Mead, Associate Professor of Business and Economics. “The competition is judged by experienced business professionals, which gives an entirely different feel to students than making presentations in front of other students and faculty in classes. This is the second year in a row where teams from Marietta College have placed in the Tau Pi Phi business case competition. It speaks volumes about our students who are competing with the best and brightest business majors from other colleges and universities.” 

As the only Chinese competitor for Marietta, Yiqi said her teammates gave her the confidence she needed.

“I am afraid of my spoken English and whether I can act confident when I am presenting at first. However, my teammates put me under their wings and gave me strong affirmation during the competition,” she said. “I did much better than what I think it could be. I am so thankful to my teammates, they encouraged me and I learned how cooperation is important to a team.”

Napier competed in the event last year and was excited to return.

“It was a fantastic opportunity and it is so perfect that everyone who competed ended up placing,” he said. “Our group did a great job balancing the rigor of the cases with the importance of having fun and we made sure to enjoy ourselves and squeeze in sightseeing. We became very close over the two days and I couldn’t be more proud of each of them.”

Tau Pi Phi was founded in Springfield, Ohio, at Wittenberg University in 1931. The first two members of the honorary society were Wittenberg faculty members Professor Virgil H. Dassel and Dr. Daniel T. Krauss. In 1936, when Professor Dassel accepted a faculty position at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, the Beta Chapter was formed. Since its founding, a number of chapters have been established in a variety of states from New Jersey to California. Tau Pi Phi encourages the establishment of new chapters across the nation.