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Alverno Business Students Find Their Own Passion for Paraguay

By Ann Stawski ’93

 

20120914_19622_5053275ba1950_590WIth Carol’s recommendations 

and Peter’s guidance, I generated
awareness, created connections
and promoted the forum.”

Paraguay is commonly referred to as “El Corazón de América.” 

For anyone who has enrolled in Associate Professor Carol
Vollmer Pope’s business courses, you’ll know “The Heart of
America” is special for her.
Combining her love of international business with this
South American country, Pope developed an MBA elective,
Paraguayan Market Development and Tourism. The elective
was initially inspired by MBA student Sue DaBaco as an
independent study proposal. In the course, students conducted
an in-depth study, determining an opportunity for Paraguay to
strengthen commercial ties with Wisconsin and the U.S., while
providing recommendations to reduce high levels of poverty. A
landlocked country, Paraguay has a stable market economy and
has demonstrated solid economic growth since 2004.
After the course, MBA students worked for additional credit
electives by assisting in the undergraduate Marketing
Principles and Strategy course. Graduate students refined their

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One of those MBA students, Alex Bartoszewicz, took his course
research one step further. In October 2013, Bartoszewicz traveled
to Paraguay as an Alverno ambassador with Peter Tase, an
international adviser to the MBA class.
Bartoszewicz’s weeklong trip was filled with meetings with various
dignitaries, including the minister of agriculture and livestock,
state minister of culture, chancellor of the National University of
the East, business leaders and civil society leaders. Bartoszewicz
and Tase capped off their mission by meeting with Ocampos.
“I always had an interest in international business. Because of
this course, I experienced it firsthand,” says Bartoszewicz, an
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Read the article: ALVERNO MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON PARAGUAY ECONOMIC FORUM 2014 copy 2.

 

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