Susquehanna University SIFE Team Advances to National Exposition
Published on April 20, 2012
The Susquehanna University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named a league champion for the ninth consecutive year at the Baltimore SIFE USA Regional Competition on April 4. The event was one of 11 such competitions held across the country in March and April. As a result of their win, the Susquehanna team will advance to the 2012 SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., May 22–24.
SIFE members use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Regional competitions identify which teams had the greatest impact on their communities. Participating teams distribute an annual report and make a live presentation to a group of executives serving as judges. Susquehanna’s student presenters at this year’s event included Robin Carey, of Sherman, Conn.; William Davis, of Hilliard, Ohio; Jose D’Oleo, of New York City; Brett Moyer, of Watsontown; Andrew Torok, of Voorhees, N.J.; and Kees Van Haasteren, of Raymond, Maine. Sarah Andrews, of Perkasie, developed the 24-minute video that accompanied the presentation.
In addition to participating in this year’s competition, the students had the opportunity to interview for jobs and internships at the event’s career fair. Although Susquehanna’s SIFE Team is sponsored by the Sigmund Weis School of Business, the students represented 12 different majors at the university.
"Being a member of SIFE is about more than just doing community service,” said SU SIFE president Carey, “it’s about learning to adopt a lifestyle of contribution. I can't imagine what my undergraduate experience would have been like without a supportive and meaningful organization like SIFE behind me."
Susquehanna’s SIFE is one of nearly 600 programs in the United States. During the 2011–12 academic year, the Susquehanna team has spent more than 2,000 hours designing and implementing 21 projects that have directly affected more than 23,000 people in the community. Projects included providing personal success materials to inmates at an area correctional institution, assisting the local community and its businesses, and helping the founder of a local animal-assisted therapy organization.
“The greatest strengths of this year’s team members are their diversity of interests and their degree of commitment,” said staff adviser George Cravitz. “In fact, we have two strong initiatives—marketing assistance for a Sunbury businesswoman and a rain-water harvesting [project] in Tanzania—that have taken root this year and have already shown great potential for next year.”
Karen M. Jones