Fifth year in winners' circle for Notre Dame's Dream Team

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Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 6-9-2011

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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Business students from The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus have taken out first-prize in Deloitte Australia's 2011 Dream Team competition for the second consecutive year.

Competing against teams from The University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University, the Commerce students from the Fremantle Campus celebrated Notre Dame's place in the winners' circle for the fifth-year running.

Held by leading international accounting firm, Deloitte Australia, the annual competition provides Western Australian commerce students with the opportunity to meet industry experts and develop core business skills via 'real world' scenarios and case studies.

This year's challenge required teams to present business plans for one of four businesses located in a natural disaster prone town. The aim was to communicate the development of the business and its preparedness to cope with a natural disaster.

Teams developed crisis management plans, corporate governance, corporate communications and financial strategies for either a supermarket; a telecommunications company; an electricity provider or a resource company.

Notre Dame students Gabriela Wada, Michelle Blank, Tayler Wright and Rochelle Cardozo were awarded first prize for their intuitive use of social media and polished financial outlooks in their presentation - Independent Supermarket Chain Business Continuity.

In addition to the impressive achievement, the four students also won cash prizes of $500 each.

Miss Wada, an international student from Brazil studying Accounting and Finance, said the success was a testament of her team's ability to work together.

"This experience has highlighted the importance of working collaboratively with my fellow group members to deliver the best presentation possible," Miss Wada said.

"It was my first time working closely with an accounting firm and I know that everything I have learnt is going to be extremely valuable in my future profession."

Miss Blank believes the competition can potentially open "many doors" for Notre Dame's participants.

"We feel privileged to have represented Notre Dame at the 2011 Dream Team competition and we are grateful to have had the most amazing support from our fellow students and dedicated academics in the School of Business," Miss Blank said.

"I recommend any students thinking about applying for this event next year to do so!"

Executive Dean of the College of Business, Professor Chris Doepel, said it was a "spectacular achievement" for Notre Dame to win the competition two-years running against quality opposition.

Since 2007, Notre Dame students have won the Dream Team competition three times and twice finished in second place.

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