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Bentley College Students to Compete in First Business Bowl

February 16, 1998

Waltham, MA--Students in the Bentley College chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) have teamed up with Accountancy professors to plan Bentley's first Business Bowl which will be held on Saturday, February 28. Not to be confused with the Boston-area intercollegiate Business School Beanpot, this full-day, Bentley-only competition will pit student teams against one another to analyze cases that present ethical, business, accounting or auditing dilemmas.

Corporate sponsors include Digital, Coopers & Lybrand, Alan M. Edelstein & Co., Grant Thornton, KPMG Peat Marwick, Ernst & Young, Wolf and Company, Core-M, Progress Software and John Hancock Financial Services, with practitioners from many of these firms serving as judges or writing cases for the event. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top team in each of four levels (freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior and graduate students).

"Unlike a traditional case competition in which the teams take materials and work on their own, these teams will move from station to station where real-world dilemmas will be presented and addressed before they move on," explained Assistant Professor of Accountancy Vincent Owhoso, faculty coordinator for the event. "The 10-minute vignettes will be delivered live through role-playing, as well as with video or computers. At the banquet that evening, the top teams will present their analyses." Faculty volunteers from the English, Management and Accountancy departments will serve as coaches or actors.

To promote the competition for NABA, students developed a campus-wide publicity campaign using jigsaw puzzle pieces to catch the eye and a $50 raffle for students at the information session to boost participation.

"The power of interacting with professionals is significant," said Associate Professor of Accountancy Elliott Levy, who worked with the publicity team. "Bringing in outside speakers once or twice a semester, as we all do, is good but notching it up to a level where students interact with practitioners like this makes a far stronger impression. Its a great hands-on learning experience."

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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