The AU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently finished as First Runner-up in the Regional SIFE Competition in Cincinnati. SIFE is an international organization found on more than 1,500 campuses in 37 countries. Students gather annually to present to a team of business personalities (judges) what they have accomplished throughout the year. Regional competitions are held throughout the country. Yearly, around 450 teams compete at the regional level for a chance to travel to Kansas City for the national competition.
The AU SIFE team focused this year on changing Anderson. With projects like CYNCY (Cheat Your Neighbor Cheat Yourself) and OUCH!, SIFE taught students from elementary to high schools free enterprise principles about credit card debt, theft, and trade.
"After winning regionals and going to nationals five years in a row, one would think that we should be disappointed that we are not going this year." said Dr. Mike Wiese, Sam Walton Fellow for AU SIFE and professor of Business at Adnerson University. "We are not," he continued. "The SIFE presentation team did a great job at regionals. A decision was made to use this year to position SIFE for the future. Because of our decision we are in a fantastic place to really serve our community and to give students an educational opportunity that is truly special."
VP of Competition, Beth Smith, echoed his sentiments. "The competition in Cincinnati was a great success," she said. "Although we didn't receive the ranking we hoped for, the whole team did a fantastic job!"
AU SIFE will receive $7,500 for the next three years through resources from Lilly Endowment, Inc., to AU. The Anderson University proposal approved by Lilly Endowment was entitled, "INvision AU," and designed to provide students more opportunities and incentives to keep them in Indiana upon graduation. The grant comes from the endowment's recent "Initiative to Promote Opportunity through Educational Collaborations." Through the grant, the AU SIFE team is restructuring and planning on a much bigger ideas for future years.
"I'm really looking forward to next year with all of our new opportunities," said Smith. "I know we will shine at regionals and nationals, next year."
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 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. The Falls School of Business at Anderson University is one of the institution's largest academic units offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs.
— Writer Andrew Rosenberg is a student at Anderson University and a member of SIFE