Immaculata University Sends SIFE Students to National Competition

Immaculata University´s (IU) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won at the regional SIFE competition and has been invited to participate in the national SIFE competition to be held May 10-12, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN. At the competition, the students will present about the more than 1,500 hours they devoted to various projects during the year, including recycling and environmental initiatives, fundraisers for healthcare equipment, hunger relief efforts, and marketing assistance for a small business.
The ten students who will attend the national competition are Priscilla Arbulu ´11 of Deerfield Beach, FL; Shantiana Duchatellier ´11 of Blue Bell, PA; Christina Glantz ´11 of Nazareth, PA; Amy Kopecky ´13 of Lebanon, PA, Monica Krawchuk ´11 of Fallowfield, PA; Jessica Lynch ´11 of West Chester, PA; Jillian Ogorek ´11 of West Chester, PA, Kristin Schorn ´13 of West Chester, PA; Kim Steinke ´12 of Philadelphia, PA; and Rebecca Whiteman ´11 of Malvern, PA. Dr. Jackie Bull, assistant professor of business at Immaculata and SIFE faculty mentor, will accompany the team.
SIFE is an international non-profit organization that aims to mobilize university students to serve their communities while developing socially responsible business and leadership skills. The teams use business concepts to plan outreach projects that will improve quality of life for people in need. At annual regional and national competitions, the teams present the results of their projects and are evaluated by business leaders. In addition to promoting community work, SIFE creates opportunities for participants to exchange ideas and to network with companies in search of new talent.
This is the second year Immaculata´s SIFE team has won the regional competition and gone on to the national competition. Immaculata competed against six other colleges at the regional competition on March 25, and judges from SIFE sponsor companies rated the teams on their presentations and the impact of their projects. At the national competition, judges from about 240 sponsor companies will use similar criteria to evaluate about 200 college teams.
Among the many projects they worked on during the 2010-2011 school year, Immaculata´s SIFE team focused on four major initiatives. Through a dinner and raffle, the team raised $7,000 to help Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ purchase an ultrasonography machine. The machine is helping doctors detect breast cancer early in low-income women, increasing their chances of survival. Through a grant from Campbell´s "Let´s Can Hunger" Challenge, the team held more than 20 food drives and gathered more than 6,000 cans of food for local food banks. The team also worked with students in Camden, NJ to start a growing lab and provide healthy recipes in English and Spanish. With a grant from the Sam´s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge, the team worked with Benny´s Pizza to promote recycling and save energy. Working with the San Miguel School, a Catholic, all-boys school in Camden, NJ, the team secured donations of paint and school supplies, painted classrooms, and raised money for tuition payments. Through these and many other initiatives, the students benefitted communities, businesses, and the environment while strengthening their teamwork and project execution skills.
"SIFE has made me realize that such a small school and small SIFE team can make a huge impact in the lives of many people in need!" said Kristin Schorn ´13 about her involvement in SIFE.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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