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NC State Jenkins MBA Team Earns Second Place in ACG Cup Competition

Five MBA Students Participate in Association for Corporate Growth Raleigh Durham Chapter’s Second Annual Competition.

Raleigh, NC, March 11, 2011 --( The NC State Jenkins MBA program ( in the Poole College of Management has announced that a team of five students earned second place in the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) Raleigh Durham Chapter’s Cup Competition on Feb. 26. MBA students Jessica Barnes, AJ Kramer, Adam Leath, Gulcin Menekse and Terry Munroe competed for top honors at the case study competition designed to provide students from MBA programs with real-world experience with mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. The Jenkins MBA team was honored for having the most polished presentation despite this being its first year to compete. Teams from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Meredith College School of Business, UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Business also participated in the ACG Cup.

“According to one of the judges, it was a close call between the NC State team and the group of executive MBAs from Wake Forest,” said Steve Allen, associate dean for graduate programs and research at NC State University’s Poole College of Management. “It is exciting to know that NC State’s team was so well-prepared, and we are proud to call them our own.”

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- With each case study, student teams had to present valuation, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions advice to a seasoned panel of professionals within the ACG community. The winning team was awarded the ACG Cup title and cash awards.

- Founded in 1954, ACG has more than 13,000 members in 55 chapters throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

About Jenkins Graduate School of Management:
The Jenkins Graduate School of Management is part of the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management in Raleigh, N.C. In addition to the Jenkins MBA program, the NC State Jenkins Graduate School offers graduate programs in accounting and economics. The Jenkins MBA program was established in 2002 to provide graduate management education with an emphasis on technology and innovation. Its real world approach to learning brings students, top educators and professionals together in a research and technology focused environment that supports the knowledge, skills and leadership development needed for today’s global marketplace. The Jenkins MBA program offers concentrations in biosciences management, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, financial management, innovation management, marketing management, services management and consulting, and supply chain management for both full- and part-time students. The program also offers several joint degree programs, which are: Master of Biomanufacturing, Master of Microbial Biotechnology, Master of Industrial Engineering, Master of Accounting, Master of Global Innovation Management, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Consistently rated among the top 75 MBA programs, the Jenkins MBA continues to receive national and international attention for its commitment to quality education and research. For more information, visit

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