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SIFE Repeats as Regional Title Winner

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Arkansas Tech University Students in Free Enterprise were named regional title winners for the second consecutive year during Friday's SIFE USA Regional Competition in Dallas.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization with chapters on hundreds of college campuses that works to create a more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

For the competition, Arkansas Tech students offered a presentation regarding community projects the SIFE team has completed over the course of the 2011-12 academic year.

Five Arkansas Tech students were selected earlier this year to serve as the presenters and represent the Arkansas Tech SIFE team in the competition.  The student presenters were Amanda Sparks, Amanda Smith, Timothy Deatherage, Cat Singleton and Maggie Good.

Dr. Linda Bean, associate professor of management and marketing at Arkansas Tech and Sam M. Walton Fellow for the Arkansas Tech SIFE team, says she is proud of the efforts of the SIFE team.

She added, "We only had one veteran presenter, but all of the Arkansas Tech students had prepared and performed very well.  I'm proud of their dedication to this team and the effort they put forth to ensure they represented Arkansas Tech in a positive manner."

Lindsey Falkenstein, is serving as the SIFE president this year.  She says the competition preparations are hectic but worthwhile because of the life-long lessons she and the other students are learning by being involved.

She adds, “I can say firsthand that SIFE provides its members with countless life lessons. My personal experience has given me resume and interview skills, confidence to network, public speaking skills, leadership experience, and definitely responsibility."

With the regional win, the Arkansas Tech SIFE team will advance to the SIFE  National Expo in Kansas City next month.