SIFE Team Wins Regional Championship

Apr 17, 2012
  • Business

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


CANYON, Texas—The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at West Texas A&M University won an 18th consecutive regional championship April 13 in Dallas. The team will now advance to SIFE USA National Competition in Kansas City, Miss., May 22-24.

SIFE uses the positive power of business to empower others to improve their lives. The WTAMU SIFE team creates multiple community-based service-learning projects which focus on community need and have a triple P bottom line—people, profits and planet.  

New projects for the team this year include the Moses Business Plan Competition which focuses on teaching budding entrepreneurs how to write a business plan and Beyond Green, a business and environmental sustainability project focusing on the new commercial kitchen at the WTAMU Enterprise Center and funded by a grant from Sam’s Club.

In conjunction with the High Plains Food Bank (HPFB), SIFE participates in Kid’s Cafe at San Jacinto and Hamlet Elementary Schools, works in the HPFB community garden and conducts food drives such as WTAMU’s recent Fill the Field to supply the HPFB.  

SIFE tutors refugee children, conducts programs for youth detained at the Youth Center of the High Plains, teaches 6th graders about the stock market and conducts multiple programs for high school students.

At regional competition, the team uses a multimedia presentation to showcase its  projects for judges from the corporations which are SIFE sponsors. Speakers on the WTAMU presentation team are Manuel Garcia, Alex Long, Navdeep Uppal, Erin Stodghill, Jordan Cox, Juan Carlos Ramirez, Cedric Nguimatsa and Emilee Cavaness. The media presentation was created by Yu-Hsian (Jimmy) Tseng.

Accompanying the team to competition were Jean Walker, SIFE faculty adviser; Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business; Dr. Amjad Abdullat, head of the Department of Computer Information and Decisin Management; Dr. De’Arno De’Armond, assistant professor of Finance; Dr. Meagan Brock, assistant professor of management; and Paul Engler, president emeritus of Cactus Feeders and executive in residence at West Texas A&M University.

Students attending regional competition were:

Justin Adams, economics/finance major
Emilee Cavaness, accounting major
Jordan Cox, broadcasting major
Manual Garcia, finance major
Cedric Nguimatsa, marketing major
Angelica Pallares, graduate accounting student
Ana Ramirez, management major
Juan Carlos Ramirez, engineering major
Gus Trujillo, management major
Natalie Watts, general business major
Bethany Wilcox, entrepreneurship major
Nathan Woodard, CIS major

Cody Brooks, finance major
Colt Castillo, finance/accounting major
Braegar Sprague, MBA student

Chihuahua, Mexico
Laura Chavira, psychology major

Laura Beth Hallman, masters student in finance/economics

Daniel Dixon, finance major

Juan Gallardo, secondary education major

Ana Egas, education major
Cristina Viteri, marketing major

El Paso
Lluvia Vidana, nursing major

Alba Soltero, accounting major

Theodore White, math major
Daniel DeLeon, business management major
Johana Velazquez, MBA student

Caitlin Kenny, international business major

Navdeep Uppal, CIS major

Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Vitaliy Skoroddziyevskiy, international business major

Lakin, Kan.
Claudia Leyva, accounting major

Alexandra Long, graduate accounting student

Marco Jimenez, MBA student

Trent Trahern, masters student in economics/finance

Taipei, Taiwan
Yu-Hsain (Jimmy) Tseng

Tien Doan, masters student in finance/economic
Y Ngoc Ngo, masters student in finance/economics

Rudy Cantu, management major
Anthony Morales, CIS major
Gregory Moreno, accounting major

Elizabeth Castillo, accounting major

Erin Stodghill, management/communications major

Wray, Colo.
Ashley Peterson, accounting/finance major