JBU Students Soar Above the Competition
Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 16, 2007) — Four out of the five teams from John Brown University that competed in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition advanced to the semi-final round on Friday. JBU is the only college or university in Arkansas to succeed in advancing four teams in the statewide competition. No more than two teams advanced from any other institution. At least 50 plans were submitted for competition from colleges and universities across the state. JBU teams will fill four of the 12 slots in the semi-final round of the prestigious Governor’s Cup competition in April. As part of the curriculum for JBU’s Strategic Management course, which all business major seniors are required to take, students work together in teams to create their own 30-page business plans, said business instructor Mandy Moore. Their business plans include mission, vision, strategy, marketing, financials and investment opportunities for the first five years of business. On March 1, the plans were submitted to the Arkansas Capital Corporation for consideration in the Governor's Cup competition. The plans are then divided into leagues and the best from each league advances. The top 12 plans in the state will then go on to compete in the semi-final round in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 13. JBU has done well in past Governor’s Cup competitions. Last year, four out of the seven JBU teams that competed made it into the 12 out of the 60 teams competing. One team place second, while another placed third, winning $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.