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School News "The award shows the amount of work that we've put into the program," says cadet Gregory Fitzpatrick, an economics senior from Mission Viejo, California. "It means that we're being recognized as the best." Marriott School Honors Bateman Awardees This spring, more than five hundred people gathered in their business professional attire at an event students have dubbed the "Oscars of Provo." But instead of movie elite earning accolades, it was business students who were honored at the Marriott School closing social. Attendees mingled and dined during the award ceremony, where winners of the Bateman Awards and the Marriott School Interdisciplinary Case Competition were announced. This year's Bateman Award winners are Matthew Merrill, an account- ing senior from Mapleton, Utah, who was presented with the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, and Maya Inoue, a second-year MBA student from Honolulu, who won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Accounting professor Dave Stewart took home the Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Outstanding Student Organization Award went to the Women in Management Club. The Bateman Awards were created in 2002 in honor of Merrill J. Bateman, president of BYU from 1996 to 2003 and dean of the BYU School of Management from 1975 to 1979. Bateman presented the awards to this year's honorees. a company," Mortensen says. "Right away it means that we can now actually start doing business with some of our beta customers." byu Army rotc Receives Geronimo Award After a year of strategic program changes, BYU's Army ROTC program celebrated a major success after being named the best large-level program in the region. "We are here to develop leaders not only of America but also of our families, churches, and communities," says Lt. Col. Chanda Mofu, former professor of military science. "It's great that the work the cadets do is being recognized." The Geronimo Award is given annu- ally to one of thirty-six ROTC programs in the West. The BYU Army ROTC was selected for its excellence in quantity and quality of cadets commissioned, the average GPA of those cadets, and their average physical training scores. On behalf of the program, Mofu accepted the award in San Antonio from the US Army Cadet Command Fifth Battalion. He says the focus of the ROTC program has shifted to help train cadets to become leaders who can adapt and think more dynamically. Jumping into new methods and tactics has paid off. Younger cadets are developing faster thanks to being given more responsibility under the guidance of experienced officers. In addition, sophomore cadets are being trusted as team leaders—a position formerly held only by junior cadets—giving them more chances to develop leadership and decision-making skills. Tech Startups Buzz at Business Model Competition Innovative technology is defining the twenty-first century, and the Rollins Cen- ter for Entrepreneurship and Technology's 2016 Business Model Competition (BMC) showcased some of the latest innovations. Leading the tech charge was Whistic, a software company that provides businesses with an effective assess- ment of the security risk level involved in sharing company data with a third party. Cofounders Andrew Watanabe, a second-year MBA student from Salt Lake City, and Josh Mortensen, a second-year MBA student from Phoenix, took home first place and received $5,000. "Experience has taught us you just never know what's going to happen, so we were really pleased to come in first," Mortensen says. BMC judges evaluated students' ability to design a business model, test it with consumers, and make changes based on feedback. This year sixty teams competed in three rounds, with the top ten teams receiving $20,000 in cash prizes. "The purpose of the BMC is to ensure that students learn and practice startup techniques that lead to greater success," says Steven Fox, acting managing direc- tor of the Rollins Center. "These tech- niques—agility, validation, pivoting, and other principles—are helping students reach their goals." With the prize money as momentum, the winning Whistic team can now move the product forward. "The winnings will help us run tests on our website and speed up our progress as mba students and first-place winners Josh Mortensen and Andrew Watanabe receive a check from Steven Fox, acting managing director of the Rollins Center. Lt. Col. Chanda Mofu (center) receives the Geronimo Award on behalf of the bYU Army ROTC. 35 fall 2016

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