Dr. Mark Ahlseen Named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow

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Siloam Springs, Ark (May 15, 2001) - Dr. Mark Ahlseen, associate professor of business at JBU, has been named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Program at John Brown University.

In 1985, the Wal-Mart Foundation created a fellowship for SIFE faculty advisors, which in 1992 was named for Sam M. Walton, the company’s founder. Today, SIFE teams are active on more than 1,000 university campuses in 20 countries, and Sam Walton Fellows are among the world’s most effective teachers of free enterprise.

Under the direction of Dr. Ahlseen, the JBU SIFE team presented its educational outreach projects at the 2001 SIFE Regional Exposition and Career Opportunity Fair held in April in Memphis, Tennessee. Teams were judged on the effectiveness of their projects during a 24-minute presentation and were evaluated on creativity, innovation, and results of education programs, as well as success in utilizing resources and documentation of activities. The JBU team won the regional competition and advanced to the international competition in Kansas City.

Dr. Joe Walenciak, division chair and professor of business at JBU, knows the importance of committed faculty. “We are proud of our SIFE program at JBU, and we believe that Dr. Ahlseen will bring leadership and new ideas that will continue to make this an excellent educational opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Walenciak.

John Brown University is a private Christian university and a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges.

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