The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas (center) hosted a tea Oct. 13 for UTPA's student accounting team members to honor their academic achievements in winning a national audit competition held in August in Chicago. Pictured with Cárdenas are from left to right Delia Gutierrez, Rebecca Martinez and Alaina Lerma. Team members not present were Laura Mira and Elizabeth Ramos. The competition, sponsored by KPMG, one of the four largest accounting firms in the world, and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), was judged by accounting professionals from KPMG, the Government Accounting Office and Halliburton. The UTPA team defeated regional team winners Florida State University, Baruch College and San Diego State University as well as the top regional runner-up institution - the University of Arizona. They also competed against 2003's national winner DePaul University and runner-up Queens College. The UTPA team advanced to the nationals after winning the Southwest regional competition held in Houston in March 2004.