Since 2012, the ACBSP Student Showcase has provided students at all degree levels the opportunity to represent their college or university and region by presenting at the annual conference. Regions that choose to participate issue a “Call for Student Presentations” prior to the fall regional meeting.

Each region may determine its own process for selecting the student presentation that will represent the region. The Annual Conference Committee then evaluates the regional finalists and selects one student presentation to be presented during the ACBSP Student Showcase at the ACBSP Annual Conference 2016.

Student Showcase Finalist – Region 2

ACBSP Region 2 had one finalist this year: Tyler Butkus, a student at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., presented a session titled: Partnering for Innovation: How an Empowering Interdisciplinary Approach Transformed a Business Internship.

Student Showcase Finalist – Region 3

ACBSP Region 3 had four finalists this year: Brandon Culler, Wade Fegley, Estuardo Orellana and Amy Webb, students at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., presented a session titled: Enterprise in Ecuador.

Student Showcase Finalist – Region 5

ACBSP Region 5 had one finalist this year: Trevor Sutton, a student at Baker University in Baldwin City, Ks., presented a session titled: Exploring Business Analytics in a Data-driven World.

Student Showcase Finalist – Region 9

ACBSP Region 9 had one finalist this year: Valeria Mendoza, a student at Universidad del Rosario in Bogata, Columbia, presented a session titled: Creating New Knowledge in the Classroom.

Student Showcase Winners – Region 6

The winning student showcase presentation was presented by Michelle Brockway, Gwendolyn Pike and Kelli Strickland, students at the University of North Texas – Dallas. Their session was titled: Turning Experience into Learning: Lessons Learned from a Business Management Experiential Learning Project.

All three students were recognized at the Salute to Regions Luncheon with a crystal award. This year we had a record four out of ten ACBSP regions participate in the Student Showcase Program. We encourage all regions to make the Student Showcase Program a part of their regional meeting in the fall.

For more information, contact Carmen Hayes, ACBSP Member Services Manager, at


Above: Winners of the 2016 Student Showcase Award, Gwendolyn Pike and Kelly Strickland with Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP Chief Executive Officer. Not Pictured: Michelle Brockway.

Posted by Maliha Khan

Maliha is the Digital Content Coordinator at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Her role focuses primarily on improving ACBSP's use of digital technologies and maintaining a strong online presence. She serves as staff liaison to the Digital Media Communications Committee. Maliha manages the ACBSP Impact blog, and is Assistant Editor of ACBSP Update, a digital publication released quarterly. To submit an article, or for general inquiries, please email Maliha studied Communications at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, then proceeded to complete a Marketing Strategy Certificate from Cornell University in 2016. Passionate about digital marketing, she started Khanect the Dots, a digital marketing consulting firm helping business connect the dots between social media, content strategy, and digital marketing. Recently, she served on the board for the Social Media Club of Kansas City. In her free time, Maliha loves to spend time with family, travel around the world, dig into current digital marketing + web design trends, photograph nature, and mentor youth.

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