C-DECA Club Scores at Lake Ozark

February 21, 2012

CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Block

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Front row (left to right): Natascha Lord, Waynesville; Cara Gooch, Bolivar; Whitney Koch,
Carl Junction; Jeff Moore, Webb City; Shawna Alkire, Nevada;  & Krysti Hines, Lincoln, Neb.
Second row: Chase Bryant, Seneca; Ethan Powell, Bixby, Okla.; Natalie Preston, Webb City;
Ryan Prisock, Joplin; Suellen Inocencio, Seneca; Ali O'Dell, Joplin; & Tyler Brown, Joplin

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The Missouri Southern State University Collegiate DECA (C-DECA) club returned from a very successful showing at the State Career Development Conference (CDC). This event was held Feb. 16-17 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. by the C-DECA state organization.

C-DECA is sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration (SOBA) and prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe.

Cara Gooch (sophomore Management/Marketing major, Bolivar) was elected the 2012-2013 C-DECA State President as she defeated the candidate from University of Missouri. Her speech focused on the need for a more concentrated effort toward increasing individual chapter membership and adding new chapters. Cara will begin representing the state C-DECA at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 21-24.

MSSU will be represented at ICDC by six individuals. The team of Shawna Alkire (senior Marketing major, Nevada), Krysti Hines (senior Marketing major, Lincoln, Neb.) and Suellen Inocencio (senior Accounting/Finance major, Seneca) was the state champion in Advertising Campaign.

Placing second in the state competition was Chase Bryant (senior Marketing/Finance major, Seneca), Restaurant and Food Service Management, Ali O’Dell (senior General Studies major, Joplin), Sales Management Meeting and the team of Chase Bryant and Ryan Prisock (junior Finance major, Joplin), Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

Also, Whitney Koch (sophomore Marketing major, Carl Junction), Natascha Lord (junior German/International Business major, Waynesville) and Ethan Powell (senior Marketing major, Bixby, Okla.) received Proficiency Awards. In total, 14 MSSU students competed at the state Career Development Conference.

Also, Stu Dunlop, who teaches Marketing at MSSU, was recognized as the state advisor of the year. His nomination was submitted by the MSSU C-DECA chapter.