For the fourth consecutive year, the Monroe College SIFE Team has won a Regional Competition and will be participating in the National SIFE Exposition which will be held this year from May 6-8 in Dallas, Texas. SIFE, which stands for Students in Free Enterprise, is an international organization that encourages students to put what is learned in the classroom toward making communities better.
SIFE teams from participating colleges then present their projects in an inter-active multi-media format to be judged by corporate executives. "This year's achievement is particularly gratifying," remarked Sam Walton Fellow and faculty advisor Professor Tilokie Depoo, "because we have many new SIFE students who had a lot to learn. But they made up for their inexperience by working extra hard and now those efforts are being rewarded."
"Acting Locally, Thinking Globally" was the SIFE team's theme this year and the rewards of Monroe SIFE efforts are being felt not only in the Bronx, but literally around the world. Their Money Making Matters, DRIVE, and Cupid in Business projects empower people within the Bronx community, while the Kabete project supports villagers in Kenya and Dare to Dream empowers entrepreneurs in Kingston, Jamaica. At the Regional competition, which was held on Monday March 26 at the Mariott in Brooklyn, NY, the Monroe SIFE team also won Individual Topic Awards for Business Ethics and Success Skills.
Another benefit of participating in SIFE affords students access to executives from some of the world's largest corporations. In fact, because of their excellence at this year's Regional competition, many Monroe SIFE students received employment and internship inquiries right on the spot. On Tuesday, March 27, the Monroe SIFE students were selected by the SIFE organization to make a private showing of their award-winning presentation to CEO's of twenty corporations including New York Life Insurance, Campbell Soup, KPMG, and Goldman Sachs. In 2005 the Monroe College SIFE team was a National SIFE Champion and they were featured on the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box.