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Parrish Named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow

BOONE–William Parrish has been named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at Appalachian State University.

Parrish is the director of the N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center, housed in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business, and has served as SIFE’s faculty advisor for three years.

Appalachian’s SIFE team presented a review of its educational outreach projects at the 2000 SIFE Regional Exposition and Career Opportunity Fair in Charlotte and was named regional champion. The team also competed at the International Exposition held in Kansas City, Mo., in May. The team reached the quarterfinals, competing with 160 teams from 13 countries and was one of four teams from North Carolina.

This year, the Appalachian SIFE team developed projects targeting groups from pre-schoolers to adults. Projects included a play teaching valuable life skills to area elementary school students, teaching computer skills to single mothers, and facilitating a stock market simulation project with high school students. They also presented a resume writing workshop to high school students at the Future Business Leaders of America state conference. “It is rewarding to see the difference these students make in the community on behalf of Appalachian State University,” Parrish said. “Their projects touch people in ways that make a difference.

Students have described SIFE as among the most valuable of their college experiences.

The Walker College of Business is proud of SIFE’s contributions and accomplishments.”

Walton Fellows train and motivate more than 30,000 SIFE members annually. The fellowship was created in 1990 by the Wal-Mart Foundation and is named for the chain’s founder.

Now in its 25th year, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works with business and higher education to provide college students the opportunity to develop leadership, organizational and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching free enterprise principles.

Students representing Appalachian at the exposition were Amanda Roulic, Jennifer Norris, Drew Brown, Phillip Hosmer and Jana Wilson.

Dr. Rick Kirkpatrick, assistant dean of Walker College of Business, and Parrish accompanied the team to the International Exposition in Kansas City.