For the second year in a row, Anderson University SIFE has again secured a first place victory over five other universities at the annual “Battle in Boilerland” conducted at Purdue University. With this regional victory the AU SIFE team will advance to the annual “Duel in the Desert” hosted by the University of Arizona [Pictured from left to right---Mary Ann Walton (Senior - Accounting major), Jared Breneman (Senior - Management major), Alex ElNaggar (Junior - Information Systems major), Lisa Sjoquist (Senior - Accounting major)].
“I was proud of how the team came together and strived for success. Not only did we do well in the judges' opinions, but I was really satisfied with our solution and presentation,” said Lisa Sjoquist, AU senior Accounting major andthe only returning team member from last year. “We worked hard but it was definitely worth it. Now we are just excited to go meet the rest of the competition in Arizona and hopefully do just as well.”
During the competition the teams were given a hypothetical case study and instructed to present their scenario for financial recovery. Within 36 hours, the teams must research the situation, design a reasonable, workable and creative solution and prepare a presentation for a panel of judges. This year’s scenario involved a young couple, identity theft, and significant financial troubles.
“Overall the competition was a smashing success. After practicing several times, we nailed it on the one that counted!” said Jared Breneman, senior management major. “The group worked so well together and I was honored to be apart of something so great.”
The program, which was developed to increase financial literacy among its college participants, allows students to enhance their awareness of money management through case study situations. Along with a learning experience come a $1,500 prize and a $3,000 prize for the “Duel in the Desert” competition.
SIFE is an international organization found on nearly 2,000 campuses in over 40 countries. The organization exists to "change the world" by teaching important economical concepts relating to business and free enterprise. Students have been involved in SIFE at Anderson University for over 15 years.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, education and theology. Falls School of Business is one of Anderson University’s largest academic departments offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs. The school is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).