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Evangel SIFE Team places first runner-up at regional competition

Published on Apr 4, 2012 by Jennifer Hall

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Students in Free Enterprise team competed in the 2012 SIFE USA Regional Competition in Rogersville, Ark., on Monday, March 26. The team placed first runner-up in their league.

 The following students made up Evangel’s presentation team:

  • Joshua Fletcher, junior chemistry and mathematics double major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Areli Garcia, freshman digital arts major from El Centro, Calif.
  • Jochebed Garcia, senior accounting major from El Centro, Calif.
  • Kristen Ostrem, senior marketing and management double major from Peterson, Minn.
  • Brock Shaffer, senior management major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Joshua Whitaker, sophomore marketing major from Pomona, Kan.
Evangel University SIFE team
Evangel University Students in Free Enterprise team: Joshua Whitaker, Sapphire Fitzgerald, Areli Garcia, Rebekah Garcia, Adam White, Yesenia Gallegos, Maureen Graham, Brock Shaffer, Kristen Ostrem, Stacey Fletcher, Isaac Stewart, Molly Hurt, Joshua Fletcher, Jochebed Garcia, Natalie Nordstrom and associate professor Elizabeth Fletcher.

 The following Evangel SIFE members attended the competition:

  • Sapphire Fitzgerald, senior accounting major from Bellingham, Wash.
  • Stacey Fletcher, freshman management major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Rebekah Garcia, freshman early childhood education major from El Centro, Calif.
  • Maureen Graham, senior management major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Molly Hurt, junior marketing and management double major from Eu Claire, Wis.
  • Natalie Nordstrom, junior management major from Murphysboro, Ill.
  • Isaac Stewart, senior management major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Adam White, sophomore management major from Keokuk, Iowa
  • Yesenia Gallegos, sophomore marketing major from Springfield, Mo.

 EU grads, board member meet with students

“In addition to the competition, our students participated in a career fair, networked with businesspersons, reconnected with EU graduates and toured the Crystal Bridges Museum,” said Elizabeth Fletcher, associate professor of business and faculty adviser for Evangel’s SIFE team.

“It was a fast-paced and productive event!” Fletcher continued.

While in Rogersville, Nick Reasor, ’11 Evangel alumnus who works at the home office of Wal-Mart, joined the team for a meal as well as an evaluation and feedback session on Sunday evening. He also observed and supported the team during Monday’s competition. Reasor served as the SIFE/PBL director when he was an Evangel student.

Chase Tacker, ’05 Evangel graduate and Wal-Mart financial analyst, and Tim Schaumberg, ’00 Evangel graduate and regional rental manager for Enterprise Holdings, joined the SIFE team for lunch and a round-table session on Monday.

Horace Hardwick, member of the Arkansas State Legislature and a former EU board member, addressed the team and prayed for them prior to their entrance into the competition room,” said Fletcher. “That was extra special for the team!”

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For additional information, contact Elizabeth Fletcher at 417-865-2815 ext. 8112.