Falls School of Business Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) won the regional championship in Cincinnati on Friday, March 28th. The team also received top awards for the individual competitions of Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability by ranking in the top 20 in each topic.
This year’s competition marked the best results in Anderson University SIFE history. In previous years, the teams have won two individual topics. This year, the team added Entrepreneurship to their tally.
The team has worked extremely hard over the past five months to create their presentation of SIFE:Full Throttle. "Other SIFE teams pack out our room at regionals to see what we have been up to over the past year,” explains Stacey Jaracz, president of SIFE. "They view us as a model of how they should run their teams. We're proud of that."
Ben Hayhurst, vice-president of SIFE Consulting explains, “My favorite part was when our team presented, and there was standing room only in our presentation room. Students from many other SIFE teams crowded into our presentation room to watch our presentation and learn about our projects. I saw jaws drop and eyes open wide as our team presented our work for the past year. In short, those people were there to watch Anderson University because of the great work our SIFE students do.”
The students in SIFE do much more than compete, however. Throughout the year SIFE gives back to the economic community. “I'm proud of what AU SIFE is accomplishing in our community, Jaracz states. “We're a group of hardworking students who take what we do seriously. Whether dealing with students or business professionals, AU SIFE is fully committed to servant leadership. I couldn't have chosen a better way to spend the last four years in college than the time I spent with SIFE. Students who get involved are truly making a difference, not just in our community, but across the globe."
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.