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Baylor Team Competes at 'Students in Free Enterprise' Event

May 2, 2006

Baylor University's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was awarded 2nd runner-up in the SIFE regional competition in Dallas recently.

"The SIFE competition is very challenging and rewarding," said Dr. Mitchell Neubert, H. R. Gibson Chair of Management Development and faculty sponsor for the program. "It is an eye-opening experience to see the huge impact students, in addition to our team, are making in their communities through promoting ethical free enterprise."

SIFE is a global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries (www.sife.org). Baylor SIFE students complete service projects in the community that help increase the economic opportunity of others through education and consulting projects related to understanding and utilizing market economics, financial management skills, personal success skills, entrepreneurship, and ethics.

Student presenters at the competition received internship and job offers from SIFE sponsoring organizations such as AFLAC, Radio Shack, Sprint, Sherwin Williams, and Walgreens.

This past year 35 Baylor students from business, psychology and communication studies completed eight projects through partnerships with Mission Waco, University Middle School, the World Hunger Relief Farm, Senior Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Heart of Texas Financial Literacy Coalition.

The Baylor SIFE team consisted of students Jeana Smith, a senior majoring in Human Resource Management from Plainview; Alise Hall, a senior majoring in Public Relations from Marshall; Lauren Epperson, a junior majoring in Management and Marketing from Dallas; Trevor Prewett, a junior majoring in Management from Houston; Chad Hoar, a senior majoring in Management from Dallas; Christina Dudinsky, a senior majoring in Human Resource Management from Houston; Matt Mihelich, a senior majoring in Human Resource Management from Tulsa, Okla.; Andrea Garza, a junior majoring in Psychology from San Antonio.

SIFE participation is open to all Baylor students. For more information contact Dr. Mitchell Neubert (Mitchell_Neubert@baylor.edu) or student president Jeana Smith (Jeana_Smith1@baylor.edu).

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