SIFE brings home first place



sifeFor the second consecutive year Franciscan University of Steubenville takes first place in its league at the regional SIFE Enactus competition in Baltimore and advances to nationals.

The university’s SIFE Enactus Chapter was represented in Baltimore by: Cecilia Wetzel, junior management and marketing major; Anthony Kueneman, senior marketing major; C.J. Norris, sophomore accounting, international business and Spanish major; Emily Buss, sophomore English major; Chris Meehan, freshman international business major; Toni Brown, freshman international business and Spanish major; Barbara Porter, senior accounting major; Ryan Gietman, sophomore accounting and finance major; and Patrick Hicks, senior accounting major with Thomas Kelly, professor of business serving as their advisor.

This is the fifth time in 10 years that Franciscan’s SIFE Enactus student club has won the trophy. The regional competition involved colleges and universities from five states that competed on how to best address the economic, social and environmental needs of their community.

“We work really well with the community. We raise a lot money for a lot of great causes,” said Wetzel, President of SIFE.

The Franciscan University Chapter of SIFE Enactus competed against Eastern University from Saint Davids, Penn; Millersville University of Pennsylvania from Millersville, Penn; and Carnegie Mellon University from Pittsburgh.

Students in Free Enterprise is the world’s best-known and most successful program that helps university students to create community empowerment projects.

The organization has pioneered a model that deploys student teams, with the advice and support of academic and business leaders, to design and implement community empowerment projects in 39 countries.

The Franciscan SIFE Enactus team will compete at the Enactus National Competition in Kansas City, Mo, on May 21-23. They hope to advance further in the national competition than they did the previous year.

Wetzel said they have many solid projects that will help them do well at nationals. Two of their newest projects which they started last year include the “Save the Grand,” where they raise money to make renovations for the Grand Theatre in downtown Steubenville. Their second project called “Excel” teaches students the basic tools to effectively use Excel. Other projects include Project Bootstrap and the SIFE Entrepreneurial Alliance Program, which encourage the development of new local businesses, and programs that assist those in need, such as Just $1 for Africa, the Urban Mission Project, the Water for Africa Project, the AIM Pregnancy Project and the Adopt-a-Highway Project.

“The reason I did SIFE was because it was real-life experience,” said Wetzel. “Instead of writing a paper you go get involved. It’s very hands on and it feels good to help the community.”

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