SIFE Team Wins 9th Straight Regional Competition
The Alma College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team claimed its
ninth consecutive regional championship after presenting its yearlong
community economic and business outreach projects to a panel of
business leaders March 23-24 in Cincinnati.
The regional win qualifies the team to represent Alma College at the national SIFE competition in Philadelphia May 10-12. The national winner advances to the SIFE international competition in Berlin, Germany, in October.
Thirty-two of the 85 members of SIFE competed against teams representing more than 30 colleges and universities throughout the Midwest, said Ron Lemmon, faculty advisor.
“The SIFE team did an excellent job presenting its 19 community outreach projects to a panel of Fortune 500 CEOS,” said Lemmon. “These projects encompassed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service, focusing on teaching the principles of the free enterprise system and educating the local community and our campus on the merits of entrepreneurship, economics and success skills.”
SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 college and university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunity in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics.
At regional and national competitions, SIFE teams present the results of their educational outreach projects and compete to determine which team was most successful at creating economic opportunity for others. Projects and presentation skills are judged by business executives, who base their decisions on creativity, innovation and effectiveness.
The mission of Alma College SIFE is “to raise the standard of living in mid-Michigan by teaching the principles of free enterprise through a variety of educational outreach programs developed and implemented by dedicated Alma College students,” said Lemmon.
Posted: Wed, March 25th, 2009 at 1:15PM