SIFE Students Named Regional Champions, National Finalist

Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 14, 2010) — Students from the John Brown University chapter of SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, were named “Regional Champions” during the annual SIFE Regional Competition that was held in Rogers, Ark. The JBU team was also named a national finalist in the Environmental Sustainability individual topic competition.

Colleges and Universities from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas were represented at the competition.

The JBU SIFE team was one of the six regional champions to be named during the recent competition in Rogers. They will try for a national title during the SIFE national competition that will be held in Minneapolis in May.

“Our students represented JBU well and showed they can stand toe to toe with anyone,” said Joe Walenciak, SIFE sponsor and professor of business. “Their presentation was filled with the same passion that fills their work, and the execution was flawless. With initiatives in places ranging from jails to boardrooms, it is hard not to be proud of this SIFE team!”

This year, the JBU chapter of SIFE has led a number of projects, including job training for inmates at the Washington County Jail, providing services and resources to clients of the Siloam Springs Genesis House, creating a cooking center for imperfect produce to be turned into meals for the hungry and facilitating community development for villages in Central America. Each of the projects highlighted in the JBU SIFE presentation met SIFE’s national objectives in one or more of six areas: Economics, Success Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Environmental Sustainability, and Business Ethics.

Last year the JBU SIFE team placed fourth among all participating colleges and universities across the U.S. at the National USA SIFE Exposition.

SIFE is an international organization that mobilizes university students around the world to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. SIFE has active clubs on more than 1500 college and university campuses. Over 42,000 students are involved in those clubs and represent more than 40 countries. JBU has been a leading member of SIFE since 1977. More information on the SIFE organization is available at www.SIFE.org.

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