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Students Put Business Skills to the Test in National Competition

Students from Dalton State’s Wright School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences had their business and problem-solving skills tested when they participated in the inaugural HSI Battle of the Brains event, which took place between Oct. 14 and Oct. 17. 

Teams from 11 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) around the country met virtually to participate in the HSI Battle of the Brains competition which was designed to test students’ proficiency and innovation in several areas of business. The competition provides teams with a hypothetical business problem, to which they have 24 hours to come up with a solution.

Dalton State’s team in the competition consisted of six students and was mentored by Dr. Victor Marshall from the Wright School of Business and Dr. Dean Turner from the School of Arts and Sciences. 


Dalton State’s HSI Battle of the Brains Team 

Arabert Ricardo Figueroa, BBA Management



Lizeth Jarquin, BBA Management Info Systems 


Daniel Paniagua, BBA Accounting 











Adriana Perez, BBA Finance and Applied Econ. 


Omar Alexis Velasquez, AS Computer Science











Alexis Torres Capistran, BAS Technology Management


These students represented Dalton State as the only HSI in the state of Georgia, and the only institution in the competition that is not a university. 

Because the problem posed to the teams would encompass several different areas of business, it was important for the team to include students of various majors and backgrounds. 

Aside from the competition, the HSI Battle of the Brains event also hosted several panels and networking opportunities for the students to participate in. 

According to its organizers, the mission of the event is to “serve as an HSI academic national championship as well as an experiential diversity recruiting showcase of top Latinx talent from colleges and universities across the country.” 

“This event provides an excellent opportunity to develop relationships with students from other HSIs, the event organizers, and the event sponsors,” Marshall said. 

posted 10/29/2020 in Academics



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