SIFE team returns with awards

PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University's Students in Free Enterprise Team earned Rookie of the Year and First Runner-Up honors at the recent SIFE Regional Competition held in Dallas.

In its first year of existence on the Wayland campus (after several years without a team), the SIFE team planned a variety of events for Wayland and the Plainview community during the school year, beginning with the forming of a Business Advisory Board made up of community industry leaders to help with ideas for pertinent service projects.

Projects included a recruitment party which focused on business majors, a seminar on finding and getting a job, radio public service announcements featuring business tips called "Entrepreneur Minute," and an economics seminar for third graders detailing the process of making Rice Krispies Treats called "Sweet Sensations."

The group also held a workshop for local business owners about customer relationship management, featuring an analyst from Peppers & Rogers Group, designed a marketing plan and education program for Cogdell Memorial Hospital in Snyder, and a strategic planning and management workshop for the Plainview Chamber of Commerce members.

Finally, WBU student Priscilla Edwards did a lesson on the economy and government of her home country of Barbados for a YMCA After-School Program, and the SIFE team helped a Girl Scout chapter earn financial badges by teaching them to balance a checkbook. The team also joined with SIFE teams from three other Texas universities to conduct an economics fair for St. John's Episcopal School.

The group has 13 members, including Jason Thompson, Kalie Krey, Bryan Anderson, Rosa Padilla, Chad Whisenant, Martha Ann Trull, Humphrey Chavunduka, Aaron Borden, Dean Forest, Priscilla Edwards, Amber Barrera, James Jenkins and Sandra Simmons. Dr. Bobby Hall, associate professor of business at Wayland, serves as the group's advisor.

For more information about SIFE, contact Hall at 291-1032.