JBU SIFE Earns Multiple National Awards

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 14, 2010) - John Brown University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team tied for fifth place at the National SIFE Exposition, where they competed against other regional champion teams from all participating colleges and universities in the United States.

The National USA SIFE Exposition was held May 10-13 in Minneapolis, Minn. In addition to the overall team award, the JBU team won first in the nation for environmental sustainability and second in the nation for hunger awareness.

Joe Walenciak, professor of business and leader of the JBU SIFE team, received the Sam Walton Fellow of the Year award. To receive this award, the candidate must have a thorough understanding of the free enterprise system, and have the ability to work with university students, community groups, local businesses, and entrepreneurs.

In April, the team was named one of six regional champions selected among teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. These six teams went on to national competition to compete against 168 teams from the other 10 regions.

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 1,500 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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