UTPA Students In Free Enterprise triumph in "Duel in Aggieland"
Posted: 02/16/2005
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The Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at The University of Texas-Pan American outgunned all opponents in the "Duel in Aggieland," a regional financial case competition held Jan. 13-15 in College Station.

Students from five universities participated in the 36-hour competition, in which each team was required to analyze and develop solutions to a case involving financial problems faced by an average American family, then prepare an oral, written and power point presentation to a panel of business people who determined the winner.

Pictured is Tiffanie Kubacak (center) representing SIFE at Texas A&M University presenting the first place award at the January 2005 SIFE regional competition to UTPA SIFE team members (left to right) Carla Gomez, Jesus D. Gonzalez, Ana Cristina Tobias and Raul Cabrera.
Hosted by the SIFE team at Texas A&M University, the competition also included student teams from Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas at Austin. The event was sponsored by the University of Arizona and Take Charge America.

Members on the UTPA SIFE team included Carla Gomez, a fall 2004 graduate with a major in accounting from Reynosa, Tamp,; Jesus D. Gonzalez, senior majoring in management from Rio Bravo, Tamp.; Ana Cristina Tobias, junior majoring in finance from Mission; and Raul Cabrera, a fall 2004 graduate with a major in economics from McAllen.

The SIFE team at UTPA will now join the winning teams of seven other regional competitions, along with each regional host team, at the national competition - "Duel in the Desert" - in March at the University of Arizona campus.

SIFE at UTPA is a student organization whose mission is to create and implement educational outreach programs focused on teaching market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics in order to increase the global awareness, technology, and economic literacy rate in South Texas.

Last year, the UTPA SIFE team was recognized as one of the top performing teams throughout the state of Texas and the nation as it advanced to the semi-finals round at the 2004 SIFE USA National Exposition hosted by the Kansas City business community in Kansas City, Mo.

SIFE was founded in 1975 and is active on more than 1,700 college and university campuses in 42 countries and territories. It is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with business and institutions of higher education to provide college students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. For more information on how your business can support SIFE, contact Jesus Gonzalez, president of SIFE at UTPA, at 956/207-7464 or via e-mail at or visit