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Program puts students on the cutting edge of the business-sport interface

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 27, 2006) -- Corporate America has long engaged professional sport organizations with lessons about best business practices. And sport has volleyed ideas back to businesses. Next month, however, the two will meet in the middle.

The Ohio University Integrated MBA Program will present NFL Hall-of-Famer Anthony Muñoz to business leaders to discuss ways businesses and sport organizations can collectively add value to their local communities.

The Second Annual Ohio University MBA Reception, "An Evening with Anthony Muñoz," will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium. The evening presents an opportunity for executives to meet talented students from the Ohio University Integrated MBA Program. The following day, the MBA students will hold a community service event in conjunction with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation.

The partnership between business and sport is represented within the Integrated MBA Program as numerous students are dual-degree candidates, combining their MBA with Ohio University's prestigious Master of Sports Administration and Facility Management Program. It is only fitting that the university responsible for pioneering the field of sport administration ? as well as one of the few institutions of higher learning integrating both disciplines into a dual-degree ? is on the forefront of the interface of business and sport.

"Ohio University has been a leader in developing professionals in the sport industry for more than 40 years. As sport and business become increasingly intertwined, it is not surprising that Ohio University continues to develop professionals whose skills reflect that relationship," said Deborah Crown Core, O'Bleness Professor and MBA director.

The Ohio University Integrated MBA Program adds value to its students through accelerated education, teamwork and experience. The program blends classroom knowledge with hands-on work experience through the region's Small Business Development Center. Leveraging education with experience provides students with the skill sets necessary to serve as leaders in today's business world.

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Media Contact: College of Business Director of External Relations Jack Barr, (740) 597-1434 or barrj@ohio.edu

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