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Business Students Head to Orlando to Compete In Competition

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Alisiah Rashid

Six business students will travel to Orlando, Florida for the Society For the Advancement of Management International Collegiate Business Skills Championship. 

While Spring Hill College has always had a chapter in the Society For the Advancement of Management (or SAM), this will be the first year the chapter will be going to the competition and conference in person. The students who are competing are now active members. The members who received acknowledgment for their work are Payton Nicaud, Kadeisha Adderly, Joshua Spitzer, Jordan Jernigan, and Melonie Burrows. The papers from both the essay and the research will have a publishing opportunity. 

Stephanie Gapud, Ph.D,. an Assistant Professor of Management at Spring Hill College, selected one of the members’ essays on “Balancing Promise and Challenges: Navigating AI Integration in Higher Education through Challenge – Based Learning.” Gapud also selected a group research presentation on “Future of Education: AI and VR as Replacement Educators?” She said, “These students have world-class capabilities to conduct research and write papers. I am beyond proud of these students.” 

In the fall semester of 2023, the business students sent out a survey to the SHC student body to determine whether artificial intelligence (AI) was ready to teach in education or simply being used as a tool. At the competition, members will be given a case to analyze and determine a strategic vision. After analyzing the case, the students will have to present their recommendations to the judges. 

President of the SAM chapter Jordan Jernigan said, “I’m very excited about the SAM conference and feel highly optimistic about the competition.”  

SAM is a non-profit organization that was established in 1912. It is the world’s oldest professional management society. Its purpose is to promote scientific studies of the principle of administering organized efforts in economic and industrial life. SAM’s mission is to provide opportunities for members to expand their management skills and expertise through participation in programs. Furthermore, services are designed to improve the professional quality of their knowledge, performance, and leadership ability. 

The conference and competition are on March 19 through March 23, 2024. For more information on the conference and competition, visit samnational.org.

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