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Anderson University SIFE Team Wins at Regional Competition

Continuing with the successes earned at last year’s regional and national competitions, the Anderson University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was recently named one of five regional champions for this year’s Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge. AU’s SIFE team was in competition with 48 other entries, including 12 in their region. The recognition at the regional level secures a place for AU’s team in the 2010 national competition, being held in Bentonville, Arkansas on April 23. Last year, the first year of the Sam’s Club challenge, Anderson University was the national winner, developing a green initiative that was used by businesses throughout the nation and prompting Sam’s to promote Anderson students as a key component in its corporate environmental sustainability program.

The goal of the challenge, sponsored by Sam’s Club, was to inspire environmentally sustainable practices in the lives of Sam’s Club small business customers and their businesses as well as within their customers and communities.

In addition, the AU SIFE team was also selected as regional champions in the team area, advancing them to the national competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota this May.

Dr. Bill Laing, one of the AU SIFE team’s faculty advisors and associate professor of business at AU, stated, “The continued successes of the AU SIFE team on the regional and national levels solidifies our standing as a nationally recognized club. AU business students continually demonstrate that they are among the ‘best of the best.’”

SIFE is an international non-profit organization which works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 33) of colleges and universities in the South by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys.” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.

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