Business team honored at regional competition

(May 14, 2004)--The UTSA College of Business Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named Rookie of the Year at the 2004 SIFE regional competition this month in Dallas.

Team members are management students Edward Gatzert, Alberto Dumas and Claudio Garza. The competition judges teams on how well their projects taught others the principles of free enterprise.

SIFES encourages students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, using their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects. This year's team touched the San Antonio community this year in several ways, including Junior Achievement partnerships with local elementary, middle and high schools, and individual mentoring of small business owners.

UTSA SIFE also plans to launch several original projects next semester. Currently the student organization includes a total of 45 members.

Consuelo M. Ramirez, lecturer in management and team advisor, was named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow in recognition of her leadership and support of the SIFE program at UTSA.

"The Rookie of the Year Award strongly validates all of the hard work and dedication of the UTSA SIFE students. This recognition at the regional competition level paves the way for future accomplishments. SIFE is an international organization, so the opportunities for our students are endless,” said Ramirez.

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,600 college and university campuses in 40 countries, SIFE is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

For more information, e-mail Consuelo M. Ramirez.

--Wendy Frost

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