Publish Date: 4/14/2009
April 14, 2009
MANSFIELD, PA— The Mansfield University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team took first runner-up honors at the SIFE Regional Competition held in Tarrytown, NY on April 3.
The event was one of the 16 SIFE USA Regional Competitions held across the U.S. in March and April.
Led by Professor Abe Ghods, Business & Economics, the 12-member competition team presented a report of their year-long community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders.
"Our team did amazing work that everyone should take a ton of pride in,” Rebecca Sullivan, MU SIFE president, said. “We impacted more than 1,000 people in our area. We helped individuals to get off of welfare, taught children how to preserve their environment, and effected big business and government alike. Everyone should take a moment and really appreciate the fact that we made a huge difference in a small area."
"I am very proud of our MU SIFE team,” Ghods said. “They have definitely served and impacted the lives of many people and businesses in our surrounding communities in a positive way.”
Team members are: Rebecca Sullivan (president), Megan Knapp (vice president), Robert Templar (secretary), Jacqueline Maduzia (treasurer), Heather Coyle (public relations director), Bryan Falcone (tech director), Matthew Guagliardo, Brad Lewis, Derek Acorn, William Brown, Duane Oluwadare, Jamie Miller and Danielle Mancuso.
SIFE team members represent a cross section of MU majors including business, marketing, accounting, criminal justice, communication/public relations, education and computer information systems. According to the team members, all the MU juniors and seniors who attended the competition received either job offers and or an internship opportunity at the regional job fair held in conjunction with the competition.
Ghods has been awarded the Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship by SIFE since 1999.
SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics. SIFE’s Mission is “To provide
college and university students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills thorough learning, participating and teaching the principles of free enterprise.”
SIFE is an international organization supported by SIFE USA and many corporations and it is open to all majors.
The regional event was sponsored by the SIFE USA and Unilever Corporation.
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