SIFE Advances to National Competition

Apr 20, 2010
  • Business

COPY BY:    Jean Walker, 806-651-2515,


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won the right to advance to national competition by winning a regional championship in competition at Rogers, Ark., April 13.

"The WTAMU SIFE team was founded 16 years ago and has won the right to advance to national competition in each of those 16 years," Jean Walker, SIFE faculty adviser, said.

SIFE is a partnership between business and higher education which prepares the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders to impact the lives of others through the positive power of business.  The SIFE motto is: "A head for business.  A heart for the world."

The 125 members of the WTAMU SIFE team have completed 25 educational projects focused on the areas of market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability and business ethics in addition to campus and community service projects. The results of those projects are judged by business executives as the team showcases their projects through a multimedia presentation.

The team is a student organization of the College of Business and was accompanied to Arkansas by Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business, and Walker.

The 2010 SIFE USA National Exposition will take place in Minneapolis on May 11-13.

Forty-eight SIFE team members participated in the regional competition and associated Career Fair. Those participating are listed by hometown, classification, and major.

Nabil Alsadon, senior economics major
Raquel Aranda, junior marketing major
Terrill Calhoun, junior computer information systems major
Edgar Cardenas, junior computer information systems major
Ivan Cardenas, junior computer information systems major
Dolores Cazares, junior graphic design major
Elvia Cazares, senior marketing major
Adriana Contreras, junior international business major
Salvador Gomez, junior computer information systems major
Ignacio Mares, freshman pre-med major
Cedric Nguimatsa, sophomore accounting major
Angelica Pallares, sophomore accounting major
Deetress Peoples, junior accounting major
Joseph Peterson, senior management major
Ana Ramirez, junior management major
Laura Solis, senior mechanical engineering major
Gus Trujillo, senior management major
Nathan Woodard, junior computer information major

Abbas Najafov, senior economics major

Yngrid Abudinen, senior finance major
Ciro Baldiviezo, sophomore management major
Paula Ibanez, senior finance/accounting major

Luis Flores, senior international business major

Abraham Saenz, sophomore general business major

Laura Hallman, junior finance major

Edward Akinyemi, freshman pre-med major
Nichelle Dawkins, freshman nursing major
Juan Gallardo, sophomore secondary education major

Dodge City, Kan.
Cassandra Perez, junior accounting major

Juan Carrion, freshman marketing major
Bryan Viteri, junior marketing major

Misael Rosales, senior accounting major

Yuri Chavira, junior computer information major
Kristen Estrada, senior marketing major
Johana Velazquez, senior international business major

Karina Linardy, MBA student

Jewell, Kan.
Chandra Agundiz, senior marketing major

Lakin, Kan.
Claudia Leyva, junior accounting major

Lancaster, Calif.
Paul Fridenstine, MBA in health care administration

Liberal, Kan.
Francisco Mata, senior marketing major

Chris Castorina, sophomore finance major

Mineral Wells
Harry Small, senior management major
Kelvin Thompson, senior management major

Regis Uwakwe, freshman economics major

Salem, N. J.
B. J. Medley, senior management major

Trent Trahern, junior general business major

Piero Taliente, junior international business major

Thu Anh Le, junior finance major