Keuka's SIFE team advances to 2011 Nationals

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Keuka's SIFE Team

After a stellar showing at regional competition in Ohio, Keuka’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) exposition team, part of the 40-member SIFE club on campus, have advanced to national competition in  in Minneapolis, Minn. this week.

Representing the 40 campus members of SIFE in the regionals are: senior Molly McGuigan, junior Ryan Nichols, senior Kaitlyn Wood, junior Annie Mullen, junior Kyle Stephans, junior Morgan White and their audiovisual specialist, junior Case Hamilton.

Keuka’s team wowed  the judges – about a dozen private-sector business executives – with their multimedia presentation of seven major projects completed in the last year. Keuka’s projects focus heavily on social services and the environment.

According to SIFE adviser and Division of Business and Management Chair Neil Siebenhar, Keuka’s team competed early Monday morning, March 21, in the first of four league competitions and went through the presentation without so much as a hitch. By lunchtime, some Keuka students had an idea they might fare well, thanks to a handful of favorable comments from judges.

“It was really cool,” Siebenhar said. “This is a nice way to step into Spring Break.”

Along with the Morehead Statue University team from Kentucky, Keuka’s team advanced in its league over a number of other schools, including Davis and Elkins College, W Va., Kent State at Trumbull, and John Carroll University, the University of Rio Grande and College of Mt. St. Joseph, all in Ohio.

SIFE is an international, non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. There are approximately 1,500 SIFE teams in some 40 countries.

Participating students form clubs on their campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.