SNU SIFE Wins at Regional Competition

The Southern Nazarene University SIFE Team matched its educational outreach projects against other SIFE Teams at the 2004 Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair on Thursday, April 8, 2004, in Dallas, Texas. A panel of judges honored SNU-SIFE with Rookie of the Year and First Runner-Up. SNU-SIFE was the only Rookie team to place this high in the Regional Competition.

Students In Free Enterprise encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, using their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects. Southern Nazarene University SIFE touched the Oklahoma City community this year in several ways, including: Working with Angel Tree kids on the importance of business and with the SNU School for Children on personal finance skills. The SNU-SIFE also helped Papa’s Customs, a local entrepreneur, expand their business with marketing endeavors and their accounting books. The group was also instrumental in organizing Papa’s as a Limited Liability Company. Other projects included an Identity Theft Seminar at the Alterra Sterling House in Bethany and a Tax Seminar for SNU International Students.

At competition, teams were judged on how well their projects taught others the principles of free enterprise.

Professors Cindy Powell and Iris Harris serve as advisors for the SIFE Team and were named as Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows in recognition of their leadership and support of the SIFE program at SNU. According to Prof. Powell, “This is one of the best opportunities I know of where students can directly affect the community with the positive forces of the Free Enterprise system – including ethics, personal finance and entrepreneurship.”

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1500 college and university campuses in 37 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

For more information, contact SNU Professor Cindy Powell at 405.491.6677; Michelle West, Director of Public & Media Relations, SIFE World Headquarters, 417.575.3517; or visit www.SIFE.org.