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Duquesne Student Succeeds in State Farm Marketing and Sales Competition

A Duquesne University business major placed second in a national sales and marketing competition hosted by State Farm Insurance. Twelve students from major colleges and universities across the country where invited to attend; Duquesne represented the Northeast.

Laura Vinton, a Duquesne senior marketing and supply-chain management major from Kingsville, Md., placed second for best sales presentation. Only two students from each school could participate.

Each student prepared a written marketing portfolio that provided analysis and ideas for marketing and selling auto insurance to young drivers. The students then competed in a recorded sales presentation and portfolio competition judged by an independent panel.

Duquesne faculty advisers were Dr. Dorene Ciletti, assistant professor of marketing and sports marketing, and Dr. Ryan Luchs, assistant professor of marketing.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.