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SU SIFE Cashes Out Winners This Fiscal Year

July 16, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Susquehanna University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) worked hard in 2006-2007 performing economic-based community service projects both near and far. Their investment, which totaled more than 2,000 hours of community service and impacted more than 16,000 people, realized substantial gains this spring when the team received its highest national placement to date.

During its four-year competitive history, SU SIFE has consistently placed high in regional and national competitions. But this year at the SIFE USA National Competition in Dallas, Texas, the team won the first-runners up trophy in their league and finished among the top 40 teams in the nation. Earlier in the year, SU SIFE was named champions of their league in a regional competition in Philadelphia.

The multi-media presentation given by team members at these competitions highlighted many of the 18 service projects undertaken throughout the year. Through aptly named programs such as “Business Book Bags” and “Don't Buck Your Future,” the SIFE team taught local elementary and high school students economic principles that promote a sound financial future. They taught new parents the importance of saving for higher education with The Game of L.I.F.E. (Learning to Invest for Future Education) program and developed an extended curriculum that teaches prison inmates interviewing skills and resume writing.

SU SIFE also went international this year. Over their winter breaks, team members Bridgett Krider, a 2007 graduate from Hollidaysburg, Pa., who served as president of the organization, and Ethan Ellenberger, a junior from Hershey, Pa., traveled to the Cofradia Bilingual School in Honduras to implement the Business Book Bags program and an international trade project. To further expand their international reach, the team also partnered with SU CASA, Susquehanna's Central American service adventure, to bring economic-themed coloring books to children in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

SIFE is an international, nonprofit organization that challenges students from more than 1,400 campuses in 48 countries to take what they are learning in the classroom and use it to improve local and international communities. Susquehanna's SIFE team currently has 63 active members representing 18 different majors ranging from business to environmental science.

Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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