Coles Annual Report 2019-2020

Students Shine in Competitions Academic competition asks students to think beyond the classroom to better understand the practical applications of what they learn. The Coles College provides opportunities for students to showcase their talents in areas ranging from social media marketing and investment management to entrepreneurship and professional sales. First Place Win at National Collegiate Sales Competition For the third time in the event’s 22-year history, Kennesaw State won the National Collegiate Sales Competition. And, for the first time ever, they did so without ever leaving their homes. The NCSC was held virtually, with corporate sponsor Gartner providing 18 WebEx conference rooms. Sales students Michael Smoak and Sam Kroll competed against teams from 69 other universities in a series of 20-minute sales roleplays, with Smoak also taking third in the individual category. Kennesaw State Wins Regional Cyber Defense Competition

Student Managed Investment Firm

SMIF Students Win Poster Session Competition Student Managed Investment Fund members Nicholas Busson, Solomon Dodson, Luis Ramirez and Thomas Young took first place in the Kaplan Poster Session Competition, which was part of the Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium Conference in Chicago. Twelve teams presented

posters outlining their funds, with KSU having the best returns related to risk. SMIF Takes 1st at CFA Southern Classic

The SMIF team also took the top spot in the CFA Institute Research Southern Classic in February 2020, hosted by Kennesaw State. After defeating teams from Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, and Mercer, the Kennesaw team advanced to the North American Championship, where they also finished in the top ten. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a global competition where students prepare reports on publicly traded companies. This was the second time Kennesaw State has won the Southern Classic. Marketing Students Win Amazon Case Competition Three members of the Kennesaw Marketing Association – Laura Stallings, Lenny Jimenez Cazon, and Amber Griffin – won the Morehouse Marketing Conclave Amazon Case Study Competition in February, where teams developed marketing plans to enhance Amazon’s efforts to reach college students. Stallings and Jimenez Cazon won first place and the award for best strategy. Kennesaw State students Haley Ganues and Caysi Ingram took second and the awards for best presentation and best creative. MBA Students Win Global Supply Chain Competition For the fifth year in a row, students in the Master of Business Administration program placed first in the LINKS Global Supply Chain competition, which tasks students with making supply chain decisions for a fictional set-top box company. The competition is broken up into two divisions, called industries. While Kennesaw State teams have won at least one industry for the last five years, this was the first year they won both, beating teams from Georgia Tech, Lehigh University, Florida Atlantic University, and others.

Kennesaw State University took first place in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition; the University’s first-ever victory in the 14-year-old event. Twelve Kennesaw state students competed against teams from six other regional universities to defend computer servers from simulated attacks. While the competition requires participants to put their technology skills to the test, the event also asks students to demonstrate their business acumen by completing other tasks assigned by management. Offsec Teams Places 3rd at PenTest Event The Offensive Security Research Club finished third in the Southeast Regional Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition in October held at Augusta University. Eleven universities from across the region participated in the event. The teams played the role of a bank’s in- house red team, which is a group of penetration testers whose job it is to identify network security issues and exploit them. As the third-place winner, Kennesaw State was the highest-ranking Georgia team.

Southeast Regional Collegiate Penetration Testing Cmpetition



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