MBA Candidate Helps His
Team to a National Title
For the second consecutive year, a SUNY Oswego MBA student
returned from Beta Alpha Psi’s international Project Run With It business
consulting competition as a member of a winning team.
Michael Kurdyla M ’11
teamed this summer with three students from other business schools to produce a
winning project for the not-for-profit Community Health Awareness Council of
Mountain View, Calif.
chapter of Beta Alpha Psi received a prize of $1,000. So
did the chapters of Kurdyla’s teammates’ schools: the University
of South Florida, Utah State University and Western Washington
Last year, SUNY
Oswego’s Brittany Vetter ’11 also
helped a team win in the Project Run With It competition, which is sponsored by
Moss Adams, a CPA and business consulting firm.
Kurdyla said the whirlwind trip in August to the competition
in San Jose
proved to him that he could work in an intense team atmosphere to produce a
real-world consulting presentation.
“Being able to meet a tough deadline was a great thing to
take away from the competition,” he said. Working early mornings and late
nights around a full day of community service, the team produced a 10-minute
When the 60 competitors from business schools around the
nation, as well as Australia
and New Zealand,
arrived at the event, they didn’t know who their teammates would be or which of
three San Jose-area not-for-profit organizations they’d be asked to help.
Kurdyla’s client turned out to be Community Health Awareness Council, which
needed website reconstruction, advice on improving fundraising and other help.
The project produced business advice for the not-for-profit
council, such as keeping a database of the many graduate students, so the
organization can contact them for advice, service and donations after they graduate.
— Jeff Rea ’71
Michael Kurdyla M ’11, center, displays his team’s plaque for winning
the international Project Run With It competition for members of Beta Alpha Psi,
an honor society for finance information students. With him are Florence Kirk,
adviser of Beta Alpha Psi’s Oswego chapter and
professor of accounting, and School
of Business Dean Richard Skolnik.
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