Keuka SIFE Team Wins Regional Competition

Members of the Keuka College SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) teamcaptured another league championship at the 2008 SIFE USA RegionalCompetition (New York City) April 4. This makes six regional wins in the last seven years; Keuka was leaguechampion in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007. Last year, the team tookfirst runner up at the national competition in Dallas, Texas.As a regional champion, the team advances to the 2008 SIFE USA NationalExposition held May 13-15 in Chicago, Ill. “What really distinguished our team this year was the quality of theprojects completed,” said Associate Professor of Management NeilSiebenhar, team adviser and Sam Walton Fellow. “We are judged on twothings: what we accomplished and how well we tell the story of what weaccomplished. I think we told the story just as well as we’ve done inyears past, but the depth and breadth of our projects was well aboveeverything else we’ve done.” SIFE is an international, non-profit organization active on more than1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economicopportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects thatfocus on market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financialliteracy, and business ethics. At the regional competition, Keuka team members delivered multi-mediapresentations that showed the range of educational outreach projects theycompleted during the 2007-08 academic year. The Keuka team highlighted 11key programs, reflecting collaborations with local schools (Global EconomyFair), local businesses and organizations (Finger Lakes Winery and FinanceForum, Finger Lakes Access to Business Capital Program and MicroenterpriseAssistance Program, Stork Insurance Agency, Trombley Tire and Auto,Business and Professional Women), U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John C. Ninfo IIand his Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program, and KeukaCollege’s four sister schools in China (Keuka China SIFE Initiative). Six of the 30 SIFE members delivered the presentation. They were seniorsBrady Begeal (Northville), Jason Harrington (political science/history),Jeremy Hourihan (Elmira/Keuka Park), Josh Lankford (Seneca Falls), andBethany Urban (Baldwinsville), and junior Sarah Picciotto (Liverpool).

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