SIFE Wins Regional Championship

April 7, 2009

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SIFE Wins Regional Championship

CANYON, Texas—The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at West Texas A&M University won a regional championship March 27 at SIFE USA Regional Competition in Rogers, Ark., marking its 15th consecutive title. The team now advances to national competition at the SIFE USA National Exposition May 10-13 in Philadelphia, Penn.

WTAMU’s SIFE was recognized as a top 20 finalist nationally in the Environmental Sustainability Individual Topic Competition for their Bolivian Bottle House Project. The SIFE team also won a second top 20 finalist recognition in the Program Sustainability Competition.

Students in Free Enterprise is a global network which brings together business and higher education into a partnership to prepare entrepreneurs and business leaders worldwide. SIFE teams in 41 countries, including more than 600 at American colleges, compete for the right to earn a place at the 2009 SIFE World Cup next fall in Berlin.

In competition, panels of business leaders judge the outreach projects selected by each team to best address business and economic issues in their communities. Teams teach entrepreneurship, market economics, financial literacy, success skills, environmental sustainability and business ethics; they also perform business consulting services.

Corporate sponsors of SIFE recruited students at a career fair held in conjunction with regional competition.
Students participating in the regional competition are listed by hometown, classification and major.

Nabil Alsadon, junior economics major
Cassidy Beckham, senior finance major
Edgar Cardenas, sophomore information and decision management major
Ivan Cardenas, sophomore finance major
Dolores Cazares, sophomore finance major
Elvia Cazares, junior marketing major
Callie Crum, sophomore marketing major
Abigail Kirk, sophomore management major
Matt Loftin, senior economics major
Daniel Merker, senior elementary education major
Nina Newsome, senior finance major
Joseph Peterson, junior management major
Andra Shugart, junior international business major
Gus Trujillo, junior management major
Yngrid Abudinen, junior finance/economics major
Carolina Barbery, senior management major
Paula Ibanez, junior finance/accounting major
Luis Flores, junior international business/marketing major
Abbas Najafov, junior economics major
Christen Parker, senior finance major
Melanie Walls, graduate student in marketing
Alexandra Balarezo, junior international business/marketing major
Bryan Viteri, sophomore marketing major
Edmond, Okla.        
Carissa Miranda, freshman English major
Victoria Arambula, sophomore international business major
Kristen Estrada, sophomore market major
Johana Velazquez, junior international business major
Luis Cruz Jr., junior finance major
Lakin, Kans.            
Claudia Leyva, freshman accounting major
Pleasanton, Calif.    
Karen Cross, sophomore general business major
Chizoba Igboanugo, graduate student in accounting
Anna Andrianova, graduate student in marketing
Salem, N.J.            
Biddle Medley, senior management major
Kelley Walls, senior economics major
Trent Trahern, sophomore general business major
Kyle Churaman, senior information and decision management major
Viet Nam            
Thu Anh Le, sophomore finance major
Washington, D.C.    
Leroy Clifford, graduate student in corporate communication


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