Mount Mercy College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won its thirteenth consecutive SIFE Regional Championship April 8 in Chicago. The Mount Mercy team advances to the SIFE National Competition to be held May 11-12 in Minneapolis.
At this year’s Regional Competition, the Mount Mercy team beat squads from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Toledo, Ohio, and Wilbur Wright College in Chicago.
“We are pleased by our performance in Chicago and are looking forward to strong competition in Minneapolis,” says team advisor and Dean of the Mount Mercy College Institute Tom Castle. “I am proud of the success that this team has had, especially their feat of winning the College’s thirteenth consecutive regional championship. Mount Mercy’s team will continue to hone their skills by presenting to various local groups and organizations prior to traveling to the national competition.”
Mount Mercy’s SIFE presentation team members include senior Ashley Coon of Oxford Junction, Iowa, senior Patric Engelken of Center Point, Iowa, sophomore Hanna Hagedorn of Cedar Rapids, sophomore Adam Kaefring of Solon, Iowa, sophomore Zachery Kuntz of Ely, Iowa, sophomore Joshua Putz of Swisher, Iowa, and senior Cody Schmitz of Central City, Iowa. Team advisors and Sam M. Walton Fellows are Castle, Mount Mercy Business Department Chair Bob Walker, and Mount Mercy Marketing Lecturer Anne King.
Using multimedia technology, the SIFE team’s presentation focused on the team’s extensive community service projects, encompassing everything from assisting city representatives with marketing strategies to implementing sustainability strategies with local businesses. Other service projects included developing a seminar for middle and high school students on the dangers of “sexting” and participating in the team’s annual Advertising Campaign Competition. The team’s presentation also included highlights of their continued work with flood relief, their involvement in campus-wide initiatives to educate students on financial management, and their efforts in packaging more than 400 meals for the Haitian people following the devastating earthquake.
SIFE, the largest student organization in the world, provides students the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of the free enterprise system.