NMSU Native American Business Student Association fares well at competition

April 27, 2011 by Dana Nez @NMSU

The Native American Business Student Association (NABSA) of New Mexico State University has achieved success at the 17th Annual American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) National Conference held March 30-April 3 in Phoenix. The national conference featured networking sessions, the Xtreme Entrepreneurship Tour, business forums, educational and motivational speakers and competitions between participating AIBL chapters from across the country. Among the participating colleges and universities were Arizona State University, Diné College, Fort Lewis College, Salish-Kootenai Community College and the University of New Mexico.

Members of NMSU's Native American Business Student Association (from left) Travis Snyder, Dana Nez, Ritchie Eriacho, Vincent Tsosie Jr. and Cheyenne American Horse fared well at the AIBL Conference in Phoenix earlier this month. (Submitted photo)

NMSU’s NABSA entered the Job Application Competition, sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency. NABSA President Travis Snyder, Treasurer Vincent Tsosie Jr., Secretary Cheyenne American Horse and members Ritchie Eriacho and Dana Nez submitted cover letters and resumes for mock positions for business, finance and marketing. Mock interviews after preliminary eliminations were scheduled for each of the NABSA participants. After grueling interviews with representatives from the CIA, winners were chosen. Representing NMSU NABSA winners were:

  • First place, Internship Division – Cheyenne American Horse
  • Second place, Internship Division – Vincent Tsosie Jr.
  • First place, Professional Division – Dana Nez

Each first-place winner received a trophy, a $1,000 scholarship and a Pendleton notepad. The second-place winner received a $750 scholarship and a Pendleton address book.

“The American Indian Program is very proud of NABSA’s success,” said Justin McHorse, Director of NMSU’s American Indian Program.

NABSA hopes to achieve more success in the future. The association will be raising funds to attend next year’s AIBL national conference. Prospective donors and students interested in sponsoring NABSA can contact Travis Snyder at tsnyder@nmsu.edu or Marcus Benally at benallym@nmsu.edu.

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