SIFE Students Named Regional Champions, National Finalists

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Front row (L to R): Professor Joe Walenciak, Kirena Duffel, Stephanie Polley, Kimberly Castillo, Natalia Castelar, Natalia Ramirez, Carolina Sanchez, Eva Fast. Back row (L to R): Clayton Anderson, Jameson Sheppard, Drew Cleaver, Charles Greathouse, Susan Greathouse

Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 14, 2009) - 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. States represented at the competition were Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. The JBU team was also named a national finalist in two of the six individualized competitions – Environmental Sustainability and Team Sustainability – placing them in the top twenty teams in the country in those categories. 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 Philadelphia in May. "Once again, our JBU students represented JBU very well and showed that 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, 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. SIFE President and JBU senior Kirena Duffell said, “It felt awesome to be named Regional Champion. Our SIFE team works hard all year long creating economic opportunity in our community, country and internationally.” 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 more than 1500 college and university campuses. Over 38,000 students are involved in those clubs and represent more than 47 countries. JBU has been a leading member of SIFE since 1977. More information on the SIFE organization is available at

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