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Student Organization Awards and Recognition

Students in Free Enterprise SIFE

The Winthrop SIFE team won the regional competition held on March 27th in Charlotte, NC - placing first in their pool.  The team will go to KansasCity for the nationals in May.  The coach is Patrice Burleson, AssistantProfessor of Management,  and the student members are:


Megan Rudnik

Avin Jayawickrema

Nathan Rodriguez

Kayla Dugger                    


Winthrop Programming Competition Team

On Saturday, October 29, the Winthrop Programming Team (RyanNikin-Beers, Brandon Clopton, James D’Aniello with Bethany Ritter as thealternate) competed at Georgia Southern University in the Southeastern RegionalACM Programming Competition.  The contest is held on one day in threedifferent locations around the southeast.  At our designated site, Winthropfinished 3rd out of 12 schools.  Ga Tech finished first and Clemsonsecond.  BUT, GaTech sent 7 teams against our 1 team.

Looking at the entire southeast, Winthrop beat all theteams from:

Florida Institute of Technology, Bob Jones University,Armstrong Atlantic, Wofford, University of Southern Mississippi, Mercer,College of Charleston, The Citadel, Jacksonville University, Mississippi StateUniversity, Morehouse College, Columbus State, Georgia Southern, University ofWest Florida, University of Southern Florida and Nova Southeastern University. The universities with at least one team finishing ahead ofus are mostly much larger than Winthrop:  Georgia Tech, University ofCentral Florida, Clemson, University of Miami, Florida InternationalUniversity, University of Alabama – Birmingham, University of Alabama, andFlorida State University.

Dr. Will Thacker coaches the Winthrop programmingcompetition team.   

Beta Alpha Psi

The College of Business Beta Alpha Psi chapter was named a Superior Chapter for the 209-2010 school year based on thier activities and support of the organization's goals. In recognition, the chapter receives a plaque and a $275 monetary award.

Beta Alpha Psi’s objectives are accomplished through the activities of its individual chapters. Activities of each chapter are evaluated and approved based on a report submitted by the chapter to the Executive Office in accordance with Beta Alpha Psi’s Program for Chapter Activities. KPMG sponsored the Superior Chapter Awards for 2009-2010. 

Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association dedicated to human resource management.  The Society advances the interests and serves the needs of the HR profession and its professionals.  SHRM, founded in 1948, has more than 575 affiliated chapters, including 250,000 members in 140 countries. 

SHRM was awarded the 2009-2010 Student Chapter Superior Merit Award.  This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful services and programs to its members and the HR profession.

Alpha Kappa Psi

For the third consecutive year, the Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation sponsored the Case Competition at the Atlanta Principled Business Leadership Institute.  On Saturday, February 27, 2010, Winthrop University’s Iota Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, Inc. placed 3rd and won a scholarship prize for each participating member.  This was the first time the chapter has ever competed. 

The competition is designed to stimulate students' thinking by challenging their capabilities and preparing them for future managerial decision making.  The team was judged based on their quality of analysis, professionalism of presentation, and quality of question and answer session.  Participating members included:  Avery Mazyck, a Junior Personal Finance major; Shari Means, a Senior Healthcare Management major; Tykeshia McElveen, a Senior English major; and Sha'Monique Smith, a Senior Accounting major.

Students in Free Enterprise

The Students in Free Enterprise at Winthrop University's College of Business Administration is a student-lead organization that tries to enhance the quality of life by practicing and teaching principles of free enterprise in our community.  As proof of how teamwork and the College’s broad success in developing communication skills can accomplish great things – for the first time ever – the team developed the annual report and multimedia presentation entirely independent of any graphic art consultants.

In March 2010, the team won the Regional Grand Prize for the Campbell's "Let's Can Hunger" competition for the highest collection of food donations for the Metrolina Food Bank.  The group collected over 2,400 cans and other food items.