For the second straight year, Coastal Carolina
chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) was
awarded first place honors for medium size chapters in the Campus
Chapter Performance Program at the SAM annual international conference
held recently in Las Vegas.
In the Student Case Competition open division, the team of
Jennifer Adkins, a senior from Myrtle Beach, and Kellyann Sacks, a
senior from Myrtle Beach, took second-place honors. Heidi Stepzinski, a
senior accounting major from Raleigh, N.C., Ron Rosania, a junior from
Myrtle Beach; and Henry Vigfusson, a senior from Reykjavik, Iceland,
also earned high marks in the case undergraduate division. A total of
28 teams competed in the case competition across two undergraduate
divisions and one open division. The students analyzed the strategic
performance of Harrah's Entertainment, a Las Vegas company, in 2000 and
made recommendations for future strategic planning.
Stepzinski was one of three student representatives elected to
serve on the SAM International Board of Directors.
Coastal students presented with Regional Outstanding Student
Awards were Adkins; Tim Murphy, a senior from Columbus, Ohio; and Jason
Wooley, a junior from Myrtle Beach. Adkins was also one of only 15
students chosen as an Outstanding National Student Award winner.
SAM Club adviser Darla Domke-Damonte, assistant professor of
management at Coastal, received an Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award.
Coastal's chapter of SAM was chartered in 1998, and has grown from
13 members in 1998 to more than 40 in 2001. The organization's goals
this past year were to focus on professional development of its student
The mission of SAM is to provide an opportunity for the members to
increase management skills and expertise through participation in
programs and services designed to improve the professional quality of
their knowledge, performance, and leadership ability.
For more information, contact Domke-Damonte at 349-2129.