24 schools compete in Biz Quiz

Michigan State University took home first prize in the final round of the 2008 Biz Quiz competition on Sunday, Nov. 16 in WOSU's studios at COSI. University of Wisconsin at Madison was the second place winner and University of Minnesota finished in third place.

Nationwide’s Financial Leadership Rotation Program and Fisher hosted teams of undergraduate students from 24 top-ranked business schools from all over the nation. The students battled in a fast-paced competition testing their knowledge of six-weeks of news coverage from The Wall Street Journal, a co-sponsor of the event.

The Fisher team of Pinank Patel, Tyler Dodds and Gopika Ranganathan made it to the semi-final rounds. Their team was led by advisor Nancy Lahmers. The competition included individual rounds as well as team competition. Patel and Dodds were among eight students who won awards in the individual competition.

Krishnan Anantharaman, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal classroom edition served as quiz master for the final round. Students from the Undergraduate Business Council and MBA program volunteered for the event. Twenty-four students were hosts to the schools and 10 students served as event coordinators. MBA students developed more than 600 questions for the event.“I want to extend a special thanks to the energetic and motivated Fisher student volunteers and hosts for their time and commitment,” said Shashi Matta, Fisher marketing professor and lead organizer of Biz Quiz.

Matta was joined by Dean Steve Mangum, Larry Hilsheimer, chief financial officer of Nationwide and Cathy Ellwood, senior director of the Nationwide Financial Leadership Rotation Program officiated the awards ceremony.

Fisher faculty Steven Dickstein, Dan Oglevee, Andrea Prudhomme, Curt Haugtvedt and Pat West served as officials and members of the Nationwide Financial Leadership Rotation program were quiz moderators. For more photographs and event highlights, visit the Biz Quiz Web site.