SIFE Advances to National Competition
April 4, 2008
The Saint Anselm College SIFE Chapter (Students in Free Enterprise) won the SIFE Northeast Regional Championship on April 1 in Providence, Rhode Island.The students will now be in Chicago May 13-15 to compete with over 160 colleges and universities in the SIFE National Exposition Competition. The winners of the competition will advance to the SIFE World Cup Competition to be held in Singapore in October.This year, the SIFE team brought 12 projects to regionals, which marked the work of over 20 active members in the Saint Anselm chapter. A panel of 18 judges comprised of executives from Fortune 100 corporations watched cautiously as the students delivered a four-page annual report and 24-minute power point presentation.
The SIFE projects included a Stamp Out Starvation Project, One Warm Coat Drive, and a Junior Achievement Titan project in which SIFE student teachers had used a computer simulation game to teach 150 Merrimack students business making skills. Another key interest was the Micro-Lending project, which had made loans to over 120 recipients in 30 countries.
The projects made high impressions, but it was the students themselves who highlighted a richer value. Advisor to SIFE, Professor Thomas Fitzpatrick remarks that it is “a wonderful opportunity for students to build leadership and project management skills as they work on projects that make the world a better place.”
Already however, these SIFE students have exemplified tremendous success in their business endeavors. This is the SIFE Chapter’s second year of championships; they won last year in Boston and advanced to the National Exposition Competition in Dallas where they received the “Rookie of the Year Award.”
With only a couple years behind them, the Saint Anselm SIFE Chapter has earned 5 competition trophies and $4000 in prize awards. They additionally plan to make 300 micro-loans to over 30 countries in 2008-2009. It seems that the students of SIFE are quickly and adroitly verifying their well-deserved praise.
The Saint Anselm SIFE Chapter presentation team was comprised of senior business students Regina Silva and Brittany Gorman, junior business students Christine Connolly, Tom Cullen and Sara Stanton, sophomore business student Nick Provost and sophomore international relations student John Michael Phillips. Pictured in the photo from left to right are John Michael Phillips, Sara Stanton, Regina Silva, SIFE Fellow Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick, Brittany Gorman, Christine Connolly, Nick Provost and Tom Cullen.
by Melissa Dacey