Bethel SIFE team wins at Regional Competition

The Bethel College Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team returned to Mishawaka as winners after participating in the Chicago SIFE USA Regional Competition on Monday, April 11. Throughout the year, they organized projects in the community and presented a report to a panel. The event was one of 21 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in April.

The 2005 Bethel SIFE team consists of: President Matt Phipps, Vice President Alberto Villareal, Secretary Kim Todia, Jordan Garret-Medeiros, LeeAnn Davidhizer, Kevin Manges, Aaron Engbrecht, and Jeremy Wade. During this academic year, the Bethel SIFE Team organized eight projects. These included a personal finance seminar, educating foster care children, fundraising for the soccer team, building a Web site for a church-based organization in Hawaii, teaching junior high and high school students, helping the Bethel Admissions department with silicone wristbands, and organizing a canned food drive in order to help the victims of hurricanes in Florida.

After presenting a report of their year-long community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders, the Bethel SIFE Team was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion and SIFE USA Rookie of the Year. The team will now advance to the national level of SIFE competition at the SIFE USA National Exposition May 22-24 in Kansas City, Missouri.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on over 1,800 university campuses in more than 40 countries. SIFE Teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics. Their projects are judged at competitions on creativity, innovation and effectiveness.