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  • SMC selling team competes at Indiana University

    first_imgFor the third straight year, Saint Mary’s participated in the National Team Selling Competition (NTSC) at Indiana University on Oct. 10. In a press release, Rosann Spiro, executive director for the Center for Global Sales Leadership, said the competition simulates real-world business scenarios.  “Our goal … is to give sales students the opportunity to take classroom knowledge and experience and apply those skills in a selling situation that is realistic and relevant in today’s market,” Spiro said. Coach of NTSC and marketing professor Robert Williams said the College’s eight-person team consisted of returning students from last year’s group and students in various marketing classes. The team was given a case study two weeks before the competition and had to identify the problem and create an innovative solution, returning member and junior Aneth Batamuliza said.  Junior Maddie Maidment, another team member, said the case study presented the team with a puzzlm. “We also had to identify where the missing information within the case is so we could ask appropriate questions in [the]tfirst session,” Maidment said.  The case study for this year’s competition was to solve a fictional convenience store chain’s struggling economic situation. The 20-store chain was trying to decide whether to take on a new product line of specialty beers, Williams said. “The ‘pitch’ was to convince the convenience store owners of the mutual benefits of taking on this new supplier,” Williams said. “Of course, there was more drama and details involved!” The Saint Mary’s team’s solution was not only to sell the premium craft brewhat the convenience store, but to also sell the store’s fresh-baked pizza at the brewery, Williams said.  “Both partners differentiated themselves and gained a distinct competitive advantage in the marketplace: a win-win,” Williams said. The competition is broken up into two sessions. The first is a morning meeting to uncover new facts. The second takes place during the afternoon and is the official presentation with the team’s sales pitch to the judges, Maidment said.  Williams said mosy of the judges were employees of the competition’s sponsors, Altria Group, Inc. and The 3M Compand. “One dramatic aspect is the fact that the first stage of the competition involves a 15-minute ‘meeting’ with the client, which enables the team to confirm analysis, uncover any new fact, and gain agreement,” Williams said. “Then the team has only four hours to update their powerpoint, practice their updated presentation, then present for 20 minutes.”  lWilliams said he is proud of the team’s accomplishments at this year’s competition.  “While we were honored to have [senior Kirsten Bonnesen]rselected as “Rookie of the Year” [out of 84 participants] for her sales presentation part, it was a full team effort,” Williams said. Batamuliza said she enjoyed working with the College’s team. “The girls on the team were all intelligent and wonderful Saint Mary’s women who share different passions and interests,” Batamuliza said. “And being surrounded by all that positive, creative, and innovative minds in such a setting was such an honor.” Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]last_img read more

  • Still young, Rigsby continues to thrive in goal

    first_imgSophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby has been a steady presence in goal since suiting up for the first time last year. With her in goal, Wisconsin is eyeing another national title.[/media-credit]From undergoing surgery to winning a national championship in less than one year, Alex Rigsby is proving herself virtually unbeatable yet again this season.In the first eight games of the season, Rigsby, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s sophomore goaltender, has led the Badgers (7-1-0) to seven wins, playing three tough opponents (North Dakota, Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth) consecutively. While this playoff-like schedule holds the potential to cause panic so early in the season, Rigsby met the challenge.After a career-high 80 saves this past weekend against the Bulldogs – 46 coming in Saturday’s win alone – Rigsby was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for the second week in a row. She earned her first award after posting 52 saves against the Minnesota Gophers the previous weekend.“She has gotten herself off to a good start; she seems to be comfortable and confident,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “In the last six games, she has been good in all six of them, and when you look at the quality of the opponents, she is one of the big reasons we have been able to win five of those six games.”Rigsby’s confidence is apparent in the consistency of her performance thus far. Against North Dakota, she saved 68 shots, which helped the Badgers hold onto two close wins. The series against Minnesota was no different, as the Delafield native posted a .912 save percentage.Rigsby’s consistent play has assisted her teammates and provided a backbone for the Badgers. She has given the defensive lines an extra boost of confidence knowing they have such a strong goalie behind them.“Mistakes do happen – it is part of the game – but when your goaltender can bail you out, it gives you a sense of relief,” junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough said. “We have the utmost confidence in our goaltender.”What lies behind this confidence and consistency is a set of personal triumphs. Most notable is Rigby’s successful performance in the WCHA playoffs last season that led the Badgers to a national championship. As only a freshman, Rigsby was able to effectively handle the high-pressure situations.Rigsby said she believes this experience has made her a better player today, though she does not boast about her prior success as the reason for her play this season.“This year is a completely different season, and you kind of have to just forget about last year,” Rigsby said. “Obviously, I gained huge experiences [last year], but you have to take it one game at a time.”Preparing for the current season was much more enjoyable for Rigsby than it was her freshman year. After having major hip surgery prior to summer training camp last year, her focus was then centered on rehabilitating herself.Traveling away from the team for rehab purposes throughout the summer, Rigsby had to re-learn everything, including how to skate and the basic fundamentals of being a goalie. This set her at a disadvantage from the start, as she was unable to consistently train with the team and did not make a full recovery until December of last year.Not having to deal with such a strenuous recovery has allowed Rigsby to focus more on her conditioning and further her improvement, which is proving to be triumphant.“It was definitely a huge thing for me to learn that you can overcome something like that situation,” Rigsby said.Her resiliency to bounce back from such a setback and turn it around into a national championship has been noted and admired by her peers. As a coach, Johnson sees this determination as an admirable attribute in a player – especially as goalie, which he argues takes a very unique athlete to be successful at.“What she went through last year, you can’t buy that experience,” Johnson said. “So she did it at a real high level and certainly has continued to get better, and that is what you look for in an athlete. Having those experiences has helped give her the start that she has had up to this point.”Rigsby’s impressive opening to the season is just the beginning of what she hopes for in the coming months. With another national championship in mind, she plans to continue to work hard every practice to translate this goal into a reality. But beyond being a Badger, Rigsby aspires one day to play in the Olympic games and represent Team USA.For now, though, she remains focused on improving and setting an example for the rest of the team determined to bring the trophy back to Madison once again.“I don’t think you can put [her success] into words,” McKeough said. “Last year, being a freshman and leading us to a national championship game, obviously that is saying something very special about her and her talents … and this year, she proved it to us even more.”last_img read more