SIFE, an international non-profit organization, gives college students the opportunity to apply in-class learning to real-world challenges. According to the SIFE website, every year, teams from universities throughout the country compete in regional competitions to see which of their projects "achieved the most impact in improving the quality of life and standard of living for people in need."
Each SIFE team tackles on-going problems in the local and international community and tries to create sustainable business solutions that will help the people most directly affected by the problem.
The champions of the regional competition go on to compete at the national SIFE competition, which will take place on May 10-12, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minn.
At the regional competition in Chicago, the AU SIFE team competed with more than 50 universities. Daniel Dietz, Billy Dietz, Amanda Laflamme, and Ashley Ledford gave the presentation that won the competition for AU.
In their 24 minute presentation, the group outlined how AU SIFE is making a difference locally and globally with the 10 projects the team currently manages. Dr. Jill Merle, a Sam Walton Fellow and faculty advisor to the AU SIFE team said, “I’m so proud of them. They worked long hours and had a very polished presentation. They did an awesome job.”
Brad Miller, president of AU’s SIFE team, felt the same way, “It went really well. We put a good foot forward. And now we’re going to the nationals.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology. The 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 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).