TNCC’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team Wins Regional Award


Published: April 9, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named second runner up in its field during the 2010 SIFE USA Regional Competition. The team traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete against others from across the nation and was the only community college team to win in the March 21 event.

TNCC students faced teams from 10 four-year colleges/universities and were acknowledged for a presentation about their 2010-2011 projects, according to Professor of Business Sandra Robertson, SIFE faculty adviser. The team’s projects included a Mock Great Eight Nations Summit, a “Dress for Success” business wear donation event and an HIV/AIDS Awareness program. The ventures impacted more than 600 people including adults and teens Peninsula-wide and the HIV/AIDS awareness event — in cooperation with several local clubs and organizations — raised funds for donation to the “Trees for Life” organization in Kenya, Africa.

Robertson said every year SIFE teams that have completed three or more projects and have at least 10 active students are invited to participate in one of 10 SIFE USA Regional Competitions from March 18 through April 8 at various locations around the nation.

“Five of our 11 active SIFE members participated in the competition. The competitions give SIFE teams an opportunity to present their programs to a distinguished group of business leaders from throughout the country.

The panel selects the teams that achieved the most impact using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for members of their communities,” noted Robertson.

Tanya Booker, a student and president of the award-winning SIFE team, was excited about the recognition. “First of all, I was so proud of what our team accomplished. I was raised up on the saying, ‘Don’t despise small beginnings because they always rise to the top.’ This is how I felt when we were the only community college to place in the competition,” she said.

Both Robertson and Booker said the future for TNCC’s SIFE team involves more projects and continued focus on the HIV/AIDS awareness project which is called “I Need You to Survive!” They aim to make it an annual venture and will work to recruit more resources and broaden community support by reaching out to community leaders, business professionals, and college students.

SIFE is an international nonprofit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize college students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

For more information about SIFE at TNCC, please call the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at 825-3500.

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