William Jewell SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) was named a 2011 SIFE USA Regional Champion in Philadelphia, Penn., on March 25 and has been invited to National EXPO in Minneapolis, Minn., May 10-12. The Jewell team impressed a panel of 14 judges with their project outcomes and teamwork. Jewell SIFE was also recognized with awards for being a 4.0 club member based on their 2010 team index score, and for meeting membership goals. Regional Champions receive a $1,000 cash prize in addition to their first-place league trophy.
The Philadelphia event was one of the larger regional competitions in 2011, attracting more than 40 teams. Jewell’s team advanced to Nationals in the company of teams from schools such as Syracuse University, Penn State, Washington College, Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY Oswego and Mountain State University in West Virginia. They have been working for several weeks to prepare their annual report and a 24-minute visual and oral presentation of their project work this year, which includes a focus on economic, social and environmental impact. Presentation team members traveling to Philadelphia were: Team president Rachel Tuszynski, Chris Bradbury, Megan McConnell, Maddy Onumbu, Regan Sirbaugh, Heather Walton, Brad Robertson, Cody Sharp and Travis Dalton. Also accompanying the team to Philadelphia was Dick Brown (Business Advisory Board member and WJC alum). Brown has been helping coach the team on oral presentation skills.
Jewell SIFE students had an opportunity to network and interview for jobs and internships with event sponsors. At a special program luncheon Jewell faculty members Linda Bell, Elise Fisher and Debbie Scarfino were also recognized for their leadership and support of the SIFE program at Jewell, and Debbie Scarfino was recognized for her service as a SIFE USA Faculty Advisory Council member. The Jewell SIFE team has been nationally ranked for the past six years.
SIFE is an international nonprofit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college campuses in 40 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in SIFE demonstrate that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information visit www.sife.org
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.