Columbia College students win at state Delta Epsilon Chi competition

Columbia College students earn state-level recognition at Delta Epsilon Chi competition, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

Delta Epsilon Chi members with advisor Angie Kinworthy, third from left, standing
Columbia College was represented by nine students at this year's Delta Epsilon Chi's (DEX) state conference, held at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., in February. Eight won awards against tough competition from 15 other schools. Seven Columbia College students qualified to compete in the national competition to be held next month in Louisville, Ky.

Delta Epsilon Chi is a national organization for college students preparing for careers in marketing, merchandising or management.

Angela Kinworthy, Columbia College DEX advisor and business administration instructor, said, "I am so proud of these students, whether from Missouri or abroad. Their skill, competiveness and adaptability are inspiring." Kinworthy added that she was also impressed, both this year and last year, by the number of awards Columbia College students received in proportion to the number of competitors on its team.

DEX students may compete individually or as a team in such categories as financial services, international marketing, human resources, marketing management, travel and tourism, and restaurant and food management. To qualify, competitors are required to take a 100-question test, study a business case study then present a solution to a judge.

The following students placed among the top competitors in their respective categories:

  • Matias Costa Navajos, originally of La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, won second place in the International Business Team Competition
  • Tram Ahn Nguyen, originally of Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, won third place, International Business Competition; and fifth place, Financial Management
  • Thanh Nguyen, originally of Da Lat City, Vietnam, won second place in Marketing Management; and second place, Web Design Competition
  • Trang Nguyen, originally of Hanoi, Vietnam, won third place in the International Marketing Team Competition; and fourth place, Financial Services Competition
  • Aigul Kubatbekova, originally of Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, won second place, International Business Team Competition; and proficiency in Human Resource Management
  • Giang Le, originally of Ho Chi Minch City, Vietnam, received proficiency in the Travel and Tourism Competition
  • Andrea Parton, Columbia, Mo., received proficiency in the Marketing Management Competition
  • Wayne Boykin, also Columbia, Mo., elected vice president of Missouri Delta Epsilon Chi for the 2010-2011 Academic Year, was also awarded proficiency in Marketing Management and Human Resource Management.

The college’s DEX chapter is currently raising money to send the seven students to the national competition in Louisville by selling Columbia College cookbooks for $10 and Avon products. For more information about propelling these very bright young people into a brighter future, contact any DEX member or Kinworthy at (573) 875-7455 or