Beacom Student Wins Regional Pi Sigma Epsilon Competition

Photo of John Oynes. John Oynes, from Sioux City, Iowa, won the regional competition and will attend the national convention this April in San Diego.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon recently attended the Midwest Regional Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where students participated in the fraternity’s Pro-Am Sellathon competition.

The event evaluates students’ ability to perform in a competitive environment, demonstrate verbal and nonverbal communication skills and understand the sales process in a business-to-business setting within a competition.

Over 70 students from 14 universities entered the competition. Five students from the Beacom School of Business took part in the Pro-Am Sellathon competition, including John Oynes, Cesar Mahoney, Eli Richards, Jacob Smith, and Drew Miller. Fourteen finalists were chosen by the judges, including Miller and Oynes.

John Oynes, a human resources student from Sioux City, Iowa, won the overall regional competition where he earned the first place trophy, as well as an all-expense paid trip and registration for the National Convention this April in San Diego. Download a photo of Oynes.

“I am proud of the effort this team pursued at this premier sales competition,” said associate professor of marketing Rand Wergin. “This competition required our students to think fast and communicate effectively, qualities necessary in order for a successful career in business. While we are one of the smallest chapters in Pi Sigma Epsilon, we have proven ourselves to be formidable competitors.”

In addition, Beacom students Cassidy Stucky and Paige Lonbaken competed in the Marketing Plan Competition, where Stucky and her team earned second place.  

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a professional business fraternity at the Beacom School of Business dedicated to promoting leadership and networking opportunities to business students at the University of South Dakota. Pi Sigma Epsilon is one of ten active organizations in the business school that allows students opportunities to perform community services, network with employers and alumni, and compete in regional and national competitions.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News