WBU SIFE invited to international event

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University graduate student Rosa Maria Padilla of Hale Center will represent the university’s Students in Free Enterprise team at the 2005 HSBC Financial Literacy Forum in Toronto, Canada, in October.

Wayland is one of only 100 schools among 27 countries to be invited to send a delegate to the event. Of those 100 schools, only seven are in the United States. The SIFE team won a regional championship and all four special topics competitions in their league at the regional competition in Dallas earlier this year, qualifying for national competition in Kansas City for the second time in its three years of existence.

The Wayland group has been involved in financial literacy efforts locally, thanks to a $1,000 grant received from HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation). The team designed and implemented a computerized “Financial Jeopardy” game program that was delivered in area high schools as well as other financial literacy programs designed specifically for elementary school students and women seeking careers in business.

At the Financial Literacy Forum, Padilla will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and round table sessions about financial matters. The daylong event is hailed as a combination of best practice sharing in financial education and skills needed for female entrepreneurs as well as a celebration of the nearly 300 SIFE teams who completed projects with HSBC funding. The event is held in conjunction with the SIFE World Cup competition.

Under the leadership of advisors Dr. Bobby Hall, a Sam Walton Fellow, and Mr. Sam Van Hoose, Wayland’s SIFE team has been active in efforts to educate students and community members about business practices, computer literacy and entrepreneurship.