Page 20 - Spring 2012

A group of WCU business students
participated in a Business Simulation
Game (BSG) and for the week of
January 12-29, ranked globally based
on their company’s competitive
performance. BSGs allow participants
to experience the realities of strategic
management in a real-time, interactive
virtual economy competition. In the
classroom of Bernie Cousins, director
of undergraduate business and
instructor of business administration
WCU-Tradition, a group created and
managed a virtual business called
Bounce Athletic that achieved a Return
on Average Equity (ROE) rated 19th
best performance for the week. This
earned the Bounce Athletic group
a Global Top 50 ranking for their
company’s performance, competing
against 997 teams from 74 colleges and
universities worldwide. Members of
the group of seniors who created and
managed Bounce Athletic are (left to
right) Jennifer Downey of Waveland,
Bryan David of Biloxi, Rhonda
Ferrell of Ocean Springs, and Wendy
Grantham of Biloxi.
Fund raising, supporting
charitable causes, and helping
others have become a way of
life on the Tradition campus.
With no big-ticket dinners
or extensive mailings, the
tremendous amount of giving
has come from the heart of
faculty, staff, and students who
are big on helping others.
As one of his several
ministries, Dr. Leslie Steverson,
academic dean of WCU-
Tradition, serves as president
of the Rotary Club of Pass
Christian, which recently
decided to conduct a campaign
called Shoes for Orphan
Souls to collect shoes and
socks for orphaned children.
When the staff of Tradition
heard about the campaign,
they decided to help, and Dr.
Steverson recently noted this
tremendous outpouring” that,
combined with the effort of his
Rotary club, yielded roughly
$2,000 and a large box filled
with shoes and socks.
Recognizing that the
needs of many were going
unmet due to the depressed
state of the economy, Jerry
Bracey, administrative dean of
WCU-Tradition, approached
members of the Baptist Student
Union, Student Government
Association, staff, and faculty
about organizing a food drive.
The Tradition family focused on
a non-perishable food drive for
the Ocean Springs organization
The Lord is My Help, which
feeds up to 150 families in
their facility and delivers hot
meals to those who are shut-in
and unable to travel. To provide
visibility to the project, a large
wooden cross was placed
in the lobby of the Tradition
campus administration
building, and everyone was
encouraged to leave gifts and
donations under the cross.
Response to the food drive has
been overwhelming.
Students, faculty, and staff of
WCU-Tradition have supported
many other organizations
throughout the year, including
the American Heart Association
and the Homes of Hope for
Children in Purvis. Angela
George, business office
supervisor at WCU-Tradition,
said, “I am so proud to be a
part of an organization where
so many beautifully generous
people come together to make
it possible for an orphan to
have shoes, for someone to
have a meal, to help prevent
child abuse, and to care for the
needs of others. This family is
truly amazing.”
Shine in
The WCU-Tradition
Steeped in
Caring, Big
on Giving
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