St. Norbert College SIFE team wins at regional competition

From St. Norbert College, April 13, 2011
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The St. Norbert College Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named a regional champion for the sixth year in its history at the SIFE U.S.A. Regional Competition held March 28 inChicago, IL. The team now advances to the 2011 SIFE U.S.A. National Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn., May 10-12.

"It creates excitement in the St. Norbert College SIFE club," said SIFE faculty advisor Jason Senjem. "The students were thrilled. We have 27 students taking part right now and it's open to all majors, so we're hoping even more students will get involved."

As regional champions, St. Norbert College's SIFE team received a trophy and $1,000 to be used for future SIFE projects. In addition to the championship, the college was also honored as a SIFE 4.0 club member, which recognizes SIFE chapters for quality education programs, success in SIFE, and long-term sustainability to improve the quality of life and standard of living for others.

This year, St. Norbert College SIFE received $4,450 in grants from Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Sam's Club, and Campbell's Soup that supported four major projects. The projects included collecting 5,000 cans from food drives while raising awareness about hunger; building three handicap-accessible raised garden beds for the Norbertine Volunteer Community; helping expand the local produce market; and helping the NEW Zoo with their sustainability efforts.

St. Norbert College is one of more than 500 SIFE programs in the United States. The culmination of the SIFE program is an annual series of competitions that provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Representing St. Norbert College's SIFE team at the regional event were Anh Tran (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Joy Rueden (Kaukauna, Wis.), Co-Presidents; Luke Barr (New York, N.Y.), Adam DeCleene (De Pere, Wis.), Arik DeCleene (De Pere, Wis.), Amy Diestler (Janesville, Wis.), Brandon Guile (Whitelaw, Wis.), Keri Hodnik (Walworth, Wis.), Jim Krueger (Reedsburg,Wis.), Trang Le (Hanoi, Vietnam), Jing Li (Zhejiang, China), Mengyuan Liang, (Henan, China), Wei Lin (Groningen, Netherlands), (Luanne Spence (Kenosha, Wis.), John Weninger (Lomira, Wi.) and Nate Wine (Port Huron, Mich.).

For more information on SIFE or St. Norbert College's involvement, contact Senjem at (920) 403-2938 or jason.senjem@snc.edu, or visit http://www.sife.org.