Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 26, 2004) - The John Brown University Students In Free Enterprise team joined over 180 SIFE teams from across the nation competing at the 2004 SIFE USA National Exposition hosted by the Kansas City Business Community, Monday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 25. In the opening round Monday, JBU faced seven other universities and colleges that including Pepperdine University, Union University, and Georgia College & State University. In the semi-final round, JBU placed first runner-up, meaning that they tied for 5th place in the nation. The 35-member team completed 25 projects during the academic year. Top projects the team completed this year are: World Trade Expo, English as a Second Language, Ethics Seminar, Business After Hours, SIFE Guatemala and Santa Cruz. An estimated 977,000 people from the U. S. and four foreign countries were reached by the JBU SIFE team’s work. For more information on the JBU SIFE team’s projects, go to www.jbusife.com. “The team gave a flawless presentation on Tuesday morning,” Amber Squires, JBU’s SIFE Sam Walton Fellow said. “I am very proud of the team, they worked hard this year and have made an even greater impact in the world that will far reach any award given on a national or world level.” The JBU SIFE team advanced to the national competition by winning first place at the regional competition in early spring. At the regional competition, the JBU team was judged best at teaching the principles of free enterprise to people of all ages. The JBU team made a difference in the Siloam Springs community by developing projects to meet specific needs of community members. They also made an impact in a small village in Guatemala over spring break. Judges from the competition consisted of top executives from some of the largest national corporations. Teams were judged on their presentation and projects they completed throughout the year based on specific criteria given by SIFE. While at the competition, students also had the opportunity to interview with various companies from around the nation. Wal-Mart, Philip Morris, Tyson, 3M, and Office Depot are among the companies were represented at a career fair with over 53 companies. SIFE is a non-profit organization active on more than 1,600 college and university campuses in 40 countries. SIFE works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make a difference to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching principles of free enterprise. Last year, JBU’s team placed third nationwide. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.