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John Massey School of Business students perform well in business simulation competition

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and Dr. Martin Bressler, right, congratulate the student team of Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, Stacie Schneider, and Mariah Mayes.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage, left, and Dr. Martin Bressler, right, congratulate the student team of Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, Stacie Schneider, and Mariah Mayes.

DURANT, Okla. – All business majors in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University participate in the Capstone business simulation.

The Capstone simulation challenges students to draw on their acquired knowledge in management, marketing, accounting, and finance to create and execute a strategy in a competitive and dynamic environment.

In Dr. Martin Bressler’s Business Policy capstone course at Southeastern, the student team of Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, Mariah Mayes, and Stacie Schneider not only scored higher than the other teams in their course, they scored in the top 10% worldwide (2,919 teams).

JMSB students compete against teams from Penn State, Cal State, the University of Illinois, Florida State, and Brigham Young University.

Gerlitz is a Finance major from Germany; Mayes is majoring in General Business and is from Leon, Oklahoma; and Schneider, also a general Business major, is from Madill.

Stacie Schneider, Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, and Mariah Mayes make a presentation in class Wednesday.

Stacie Schneider, Carl Immanuel-Gerlitz, and Mariah Mayes make a presentation in class Wednesday.

“The Capstone simulation enabled my students to gain hands-on, practical, real-time learning in a setting like none other for our fast-paced business courses,’’ said Bressler, who serves as the John Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Capstone® business simulation’s interactive platform provides students with the opportunity to test assumptions and learn from mistakes so they are better prepared to step confidently into their business career. Through Capstone, students apply what they’ve learned across all disciplines of business in one strategic, competitive, engaging learning experience.

Success in business begins with strategy and managers make decisions every day on finance, operations, marketing and more. The strategy simulation provides students the experience of running a business in a competitive marketplace — without the real-world risk — along with the opportunity to practice the financial, intellectual, and human skills required for successful business management.