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School News executives over breakfast, in classrooms, and during interviews. The visit culmi- nated with more than 150 students attend- ing a Q and A panel in which Walmart executives offered career advice and described career opportunities at Walmart in response to student questions. Sam Dunn, Walmart Leverage Services senior vice president of strategy and business planning, says he believes the events helped highlight the commonali- ties between the Marriott School and Walmart. "A strong cultural fit is a good way to describe our relationship with BYU," he says. "Walmart has a culture where we respect others, have great service to customers, and try to be the best we can be. Those qualities dovetail very nicely with the aims of a BYU education." Walmart Executives Blitz Tanner Building On any given day, the Tanner Building is abuzz with top recruiters interviewing students and hosting information sessions. The goal: to attract the interest of in- demand future Marriott School graduates. "Our students work hard to develop knowledge and skills that make them very effective in the workforce," says Mike Roberts, director of the Marriott School Business Career Center. "Many of the best companies in the United States know this and are working hard to get the attention of our students." Walmart, the world's largest private employer, is one of those recruiters. Last fall six company executives and other employees converged on the Tanner Build- ing for two days of Walmart-hosted events. "We have a lot of BYU grads who do great work throughout our organiza- tion," says Andrea Thomas, Walmart US senior vice president of marketing and a Marriott School graduate. "Where you have success is where you want to focus, so that's why we are making such a concerted effort at the Marriott School." During the two-day blitz, students from numerous Marriott School programs and clubs had opportunities to converse with byu Holds Business Language Competition Vocabulary much more complex than ni hao and hola impressed the judges at BYU's ninth International Business Language Case Competition. e annual competition, sponsored by the Whitmore Global Manage- ment Center, is an opportunity for college students from across the country to demonstrate their abilities in both business and language. Competitors were given two weeks to begin preparing a case on an international issue to be presented entirely in either Chinese or Spanish. A new case was written for the competition this year that centered on Blendtec, a high-end blender company. For the first time, the event was extended to a two-day experience that allowed teams the opportunity to visit the company's Utah headquarters. "It was a great opportunity not only to participate in the case competi- tion, which is like sports for business students, but also to have the chance to actually see the company in person," says Laura Lueken, a competitor from Indiana University studying business economics and public policy. "It made for a really great two-day adventure." Students were tasked with creating a viable strategy for Blendtec to take its product to an international market. e judges looked for mastery of the language, quality of presentation, and soundness of each team's business plan. e University of Washington took first place in the Chinese division followed by BYU in second and Indiana University in third. In the Spanish category, Babson College placed first, BYU received second place, and the University of Washington took third. A total of $7,000 in cash prizes was awarded, and the first-place teams also received Blendtec blenders. e Whitmore Center looks forward to the future growth of the competition and to continuing to help students prepare for careers in an international business world. "It's more than a case competition now. It's become a complete interna- tional business learning experience," says Jonathon Wood, associate director of the center. "If you're not training to be a part of global business, you're going to be left behind. Speaking a second language at a high enough level to use business terms will open doors." Preston Swasey, a member of byu's Spanish team, presents to the judges. 28 MARRIOTT

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