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Challenge your skills

Case in Point Business Solutions Competition

Be part of the inaugural Case in Point Business Solutions Competition!

The Sentry School of Business and Economics has found a client with a pressing business challenge. At the kick-off meeting, you will meet the client and hear about its problem. A month later, the teams will pitch their solutions to judges  and prizes will be awarded for the best presentations.

Win or lose, you will have fun while building your creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. Plus, you’ll have an awesome resume booster that will set you apart!

Prize Money

$2,500
1st Place Team
$1,500
2nd Place Team
$1,000
3rd Place Team
Student presentation

How it works

  • Open to all UWSP undergraduate students: all majors, freshman to senior
  • Apply as an individual
  • Teams of four students will be formed based on skills
  • Coaches will guide teams through the problem-solving process
  • Limited to 30 students
  • March 6 Kickoff Dinner counts as a bonus Smiley Professonal Event (advanced networking)
  • April 10 Case in Point Competition counts as a bonus Smiley Professional Event

Competition Timeline

Team members will have weekly one-hour meetings with their coaches plus work independently on research and preparation.

2/26

Application Deadline (8 a.m.)

3/1

Accepted applicants notified by email

3/6

Kickoff Dinner at The Inn at SentryWorld (5:30-8 p.m.)

4/10

Case in Point Competition, Dreyfus University Center Alumni Room (5:30-8 p.m.)

The Judges

Student teams will present to our panel of professionals.
Brian Hicks
Skyward

Brian Hicks

Systems Manager

Rebecca Knutson
Aspirus

Rebecca Knutson

VP System Talent Management

Javier Sotelo
Sentry

Javier Sotelo

Sr. Director of Talent

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for Case in Point, follow these steps: 

  • Read “The Dream Team: Hipster, Hacker, Hustler, and Hound”
  • Attach the following materials to an email to proevents@uwsp.edu
    • A Word document responding to these questions:
      1. What unique aspects about your personality, your background, your skills, and/or your ability would add value to a team in this competition?
      2. On a scale of 1-5, rate your skills as a “Hipster”  and explain why.
      3. On a scale of 1-5, rate your skills as a “Hacker” and explain why.
      4. On a scale of 1-5, rate your skills as a “Hustler” and explain why.
      5. On a scale of 1-5, rate your skills as a “Hound” and explain why.
    • Resume: Strong candidates will highlight experiences in starting new ventures, conducting research, participating in business competitions, solving workplace problems, and/or delivering presentations.
  • Applications due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23.

Sponsors

Our donors help us provide unique experiences for our students and bring valuable expertise to our programs. This support gives our students the skills to excel. In the Sentry School of Business and Economics our donors truly do make a difference!

Mark and Julie Smiley met while attending UW-Stevens Point in the early 1980s. Mark is a 1985 business administration alumnus and Julie is a 1987 communication alumna. Since their time at UWSP, the Smileys settled in Baraboo and founded a manufacturing company headquartered in Port Washington called Badger Paperboard Inc., which continues to grow and expand to new locations throughout the U.S. Mark and Julie also raised a daughter and a son, both of whom now take active leadership roles in the family business.

Mark traveled back to Stevens Point to participate in a School of Business and Economics alumni panel discussion in 2014 as part of what is now known as the Smiley Professional Events. Since then, Mark and Julie have established two UWSP scholarships in business and communication as well as a program fund to support a variety of student opportunities relating to soft-skill development and professionalism.

School of Business and Economics Mark and Julie Smiley

Contact Us

Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth Martin

  • Professor – Business
  • Director – Anderson Classroom to Career Center
  • Director – Sentry School of Business and Economics Student Engagement Program
715-346-4303
Carie Winn

Carie Winn

  • Outreach Specialist and Operations Manager – Sentry School of Business and Economics Anderson Classroom to Career (C2C) Center
  • Major Gifts Officer – Sentry School of Business and Economics
715-346-2448
Sentry School of Business and Economics reserves the right to adjust Case in Point guidelines as needed.