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April 9, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler SIFE Named USA Regional Champion in Competition

SIFE group members pose with College of Business and Technology faculty and the trophy

Front row (from left): Cedric James, SIFE president; Dr. Harold Doty, College of Business and Technology dean.

Second row: Tammy Cowart (faculty adviser); Robert Collier; Desiree Smith; Betsy Harris, Kaitlin Brown, Christa Wilke.

Third row: Dr. Mary Fischer, associate dean; Angelica Mendiola; Keyontia Miller; Amanda Davis, faculty advisor; Gavin Samples.

Fourth row: Sarah Khalifa; Mondale Onuoha; Jessica Perry; Melissa Wright; Kerri Keech faculty adviser.

The University of Texas at Tyler Students in Free Enterprise was named a regional champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition in Dallas, Dr. Harold Doty, College of Business and Technology dean, announced.

The event is one of 12 SIFE USA regional competitions being held across the United States this spring.

The culmination of the SIFE program is an annual series of competitions that provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Teams compete first at the regional and national levels, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the SIFE World Cup.

As a SIFE USA Regional Champion, UT Tyler SIFE advances to the 2010 SIFE USA National Exposition May 11-13 in Minneapolis, Minn.

UT Tyler SIFE is one of more than 500 SIFE programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

During the academic year, UT Tyler SIFE organized 10 projects on campus in the Tyler community and abroad. These projects included conducting skills training workshops with the East Texas Crisis Center, advising a local business on its marketing plan and providing a clean drinking water system to a village in northern Nicaragua.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 40 countries.

For more information, visit www.sife.org or contact Tammy Cowart, UT Tyler assistant professor of business law and SIFE adviser, 903.566.7217 or tcowart@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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