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January 29, 2010 vol xvi, number 1
UVI Business Students Score High in Global Game
A UVI professor is using a new approach to bring the their way through a competitive environment.
realities of the business world into the classroom. By semester's end three teams of students on St.
Dr. Glenn Metts has introduced an interactive comput- Thomas and St. Croix were so successful that they were
er-based simulation game that conveys a sense of what it recognized in the Top 100 globally among all students
takes to succeed in a global marketplace. playing the game. To do this they had to score in the
More than 37,000 students in 375 universities cover- Top 100 in at least one of four areas (over-all score,
ing 32 countries have participated in the Business Strate- stock price, return on equity, earnings per share) among
gy Game over the last year. the approximately 12,000
The game pits teams of teams world wide. Over
students (company man- Male Initiative the fall semester three
agement teams) against different UVI teams were
one another as they are each recognized twice in
charged with growing and the Top 100 globally.
managing a global sneaker "You should be quite
company patterned after proud of your students for
the popular Nike brand such an excellent perfor-
and other footwear compa- mance a performance
nies. The goal of the game that reflects quite well on
is to create a competitive i. you and the caliber of in-
strategy that makes the struction that students are
team's product stand out receiving in your course,"
among the competition, said the congratulatory let-
generating profit and UVI President Dr David H.ll speaks to a gathering ofmale students ters from managers of the
other signs of success. The at a meeting held Jan. 20 at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. business strategy game.
company performance is Thomas campus. Dr. Hill says similar gatherings are also being held Dr. Metts said he was
multi-dimensional and is with male students on UVIs St. Croix campus. impressed with the ac-
based on rising stock price, complishments of the UVI
return on equity, credit rating, corporate image, and Business 436 students and pleased to see them become
earnings per share. excited about the game. "This is an incredibly legitimate
Dr. Metts introduced the game to UVI students en- game that is used at major universities. Big universities,
rolled in the Business 436 course last fall. As they famil- many times our size, are competing," he said.
iarized themselves with the ground rules, Dr. Metts said For first-time game players from UVI to score so
some students became very intimidated by the complex- well so quickly, he said, was "phenomenal, just phenom-
ity of the game. The business professor said he thinks enal." Students taking business strategy this spring are
the interactive strategy game offers students a valuable getting into the game again.
learning experience they cannot readily find inside the
classroom. Success in business requires more than text-
book knowledge, he said.
"In business, making a good decision ultimately de-
pends on what your competitors decide to do, resulting
in a very dynamic decision-making environment; not the
static model we typically present in classes," he said.
Through the simulations presented in the game, Dr.
Metts said students discover the challenges of making
Counseling Survey Gauaes Student Health Status
To help them meet the
demands of academic Counseling S
life, UVI's Office of Counsel- Certification,
ing Services recently surveyed
students to find out more about UVI Counseling
their health. According to one Supervisor Andrea
of the service managers, the Hamm says she hopes
UVI Student Health Survey information gleaned
uncovered some interesting re- from the first UVI stu
suits, dent health survey wil
Most of the results were help counselors tailor
unveiled at a presentation made programs to address
Jan. 28 at the Administration student needs. One of
and Conference Center on those needs, she says,
the St. Thomas campus. They may be to better ad-
showed that male UVI students dress problems arising
were slimmer than female UVI from substance abuse.
students; that students are less tified by the Puerto R
likely to have health insur- sion in Psychoactive S
ance coverage than the average a Certified Profession
Virgin Islander; that few UVI stances (CPSS)-Level
students, male or female, smoke awarded a scholarship
tobacco. Slightly more admit Treatment Center to
to smoking marijuana. Close to sionals in Residency P
half drink alcoholic beverages; spring 2010.
some admit drinking to excess.
Most don't get a flu shot when
they're made available. The majority are sexually active.
It also showed that students generally saw themselves as
happy and well adjusted.
Among the more surprising findings, the survey found
signs that students could be more safety conscious close
to a third had suffered an injury within a 12 month period.
The survey was conducted with the help of the Boyn-
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scholarship conducting student health sur-
veys within their system since
1998. UVI Counseling Services
Supervisor Andrea Hamm says
close to 38 percent of all stu-
dents asked to fill out the online
questionnaires took part.
The information gathered
from those questionnaires
will help counselors on the St.
Thomas and St. Croix cam-
puses to tailor the services they
e are offering. "It's time to stop
Andrea Hamm speculating about what students
amm was recently cer- need in terms of counseling and
Certification Commis- services," Hamm said.
stances Professionals as With the survey results in
on Psychoactive Sub- hand, the counseling supervisor
She was also recently said they can focus on specific
om the Betty Ford problems like substance abuse,
ticipate in their Profes- finding work-life balance,
gram Family Week in learning conflict resolution and
negotiating safe sex.
And those, she said, were
just a few examples of ways the
counseling office could improve the delivery of services to
its UVI student clients.
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