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AU SIFE Team Garners Third Consecutive Win at USA Regional Competition

 The Anderson University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was named Regional Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition held April 2 in Atlanta, GA. Other teams competing in Anderson’s league were the University of Georgia, Fisk University, North Georgia College and State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. The event is one of 11 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.  

“This is the third year in a row our SIFE team has placed in the regional competition,” said Dr. Carol Karnes, Dean of AU’s College of Business. “The team has become more focused and intentional about helping others in the community through their projects. Team members have shown a sincere passion for these projects, as well as exhibiting servant hearts. Their passion has only fueled their desire to work hard, perfect their presentation skills, and go into the competition with a drive to win.”

Anderson University is one of nearly 600 SIFE programs in the United States.  Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. 

The AU SIFE team works on a variety of community-improving projects each year; AU’s “Let’s Can Hunger” Campaign with Campbell’s Soup collected over 40,000 pounds of non-perishable foods in one year.

The culmination of the SIFE program is an annual series of competitions that provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Teams compete first at the regional and national levels, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the SIFE World Cup.

As a SIFE USA Regional Champion, the Anderson University SIFE team now advances to the 2012 SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 22-24, 2012.                

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise)

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the top 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 and university campuses in 39 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in SIFE are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information, contact SIFE USA at 417-831-9505, Anderson University, 864-231-5754, or visit www.sife.org.

Contact:   Dr. William Laing

               blaing@andersonuniversity.edu

               864-231-5754

               Dr. Miren Ivankovic

               mivankovic@andersonuniversity.edu

               864-231-2063

               Ms. Valerie Owens

               vowens@andersonuniversity.edu

               864-231-2092

Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online.  Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of the 46 “Up & Coming” universities in America (#1 in The South).  It is also ranked as one of America’s “100 Best College Buys.”

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