Tuesday February 3, 2009

Mindful Leadership Winners

Two students from India won all-expenses paid trips to the University of Dayton's R.I.S.E. IX Global Student Investment Forum for their essays on corruption and ethics.

Two Indian student winners of an essay contest on business ethics have won trips to the world's largest student investment forum this spring at the University of Dayton.

Selected from nearly 100 graduate and undergraduate entries, the student winners will be able to attend the 2009 Redefining Investment Strategy Education (R.I.S.E. IX) Global Student Investment Forum March 26-28 at the University of Dayton.

Vijay Bhalaki, a graduate student in economics at Loyola College in Chennai, India, won first prize in the 2009 Mindful Leadership contest, sponsored by the University of Dayton and the Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA). In addition to the trip, he also wins a cash prize, and his university will receive the Mindful Leadership trophy.

Aneesh Ajayan, an undergraduate in civil engineering at the College of Engineering Trivandrum, was awarded second prize, which includes the U.S. trip and a cash prize. 

This year's Mindful Leadership competition theme, "Corruption-free nation: The mission for new generation leaders," was based on anti-corruption, a core value of the United Nations Global Compact.

Co-sponsored by the University of Dayton and the United Nations Global Compact, R.I.S.E. IX brings together students, faculty and financial leaders in an interactive learning environment to discuss issues facing investment professionals. Last year, R.I.S.E. VIII drew 2,400 participants representing 257 colleges and universities from 71 countries. Find more information at http://udrise.udayton.edu.

Matthew Shank, dean of School of Business Administration, University of Dayton, said "Congratulations to the winners who are the new generation of business leaders. They will have an historic opportunity to set high ethical standards that will extend across international boundaries, creating a climate in which trust and business opportunity can flourish globally. At the R.I.S.E forum, the winning students will encounter some of the most advanced and successful applied investment management programs in the U.S."

The Rev. P. Christie, director of LIBA, said, "The young minds have given us strong hope that the nation is in safe hands in the journey towards a prosperous and corruption- free nation. The solutions displayed and proposed by the contestants were thoughtful, unique and reflected the diversity in the spectrum of potential solutions."

For more information, contact Cilla Shindell, executive director of news and communications, at 937-229-3257 or shindell@udayton.edu.

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