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TWU SIFE Team Takes Second Runner-up Spot
DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Students In Free Enterprise
(SIFE) team received a second runner-up award for their performance in the semi-final
round at the 2003 SIFE USA National Exposition, May 11-13 in Kansas City, Mo.
The team received a $750 prize with the award.
The TWU team was the only team from North Texas in the four-year school category
that qualified for national competition. The TWU team qualified by winning regional
competition in Dallas.
This is the third time TWU has qualified for nationals and the first time they
have received an award at the competition. More than 180 SIFE teams nationwide
qualified for nationals; 16 teams were named second runner-ups in the semi-final
TWU team members are: Nora Sierra of Kerrville, Judylyn Barnes of Eugene, Ore.,
Tanvi Jariwala of Gujarat, India, Katie Knowles of Denison, Candice Clark of
Lewisville, Mitzi Kingma of Grangeville, Idaho, and Andrea Wensowitch of Ennis.
During national competition, SIFE teams presented 24-minute multi-media summaries
of their educational outreach projects they developed and implemented throughout
the year. Teams were judged by panels drawn from more than 200 of the nation’s
top businesses and community leaders.
The programs presented by the TWU team included two projects completed with
fifth graders at Evers Elementary, one at Strickland Middle School and a project
accomplished with the senior citizens at Denton good Samaritan Village, all
TWU School of Management teachers Sherrill Taylor and David Rylander, both
Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows, serve as advisors for the SIFE team.
Members of the TWU SIFE team advisory board are: Debbie Sayler, Walgreens district
manager; Jim Wright, Walgreens store manager; Dee Mayo, Office Depot district
manager; J.D. Walker, Office Depot store manager; Kim Cunningham, Kinko’s
store manager; Diane Cheshire, former Small Business Administration district
director of marketing and development; Suzanne Cunningham, owner of Personalized
Careers; Beth Patterson, Deloitte & Touche senior manager; Tim Pike, CPA,
Business Services Inc. senior auditor; Judy Elias, director of the McNair Scholars
Program at TWU; and Mike Elias, director of the Academic Advising Center at
Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,400 college and university campuses
in 33 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership
with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make
a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through
learning, practicing and teaching principles of free enterprise.
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