DeSales SIFE Team to Host GLAD-ideaters Arena, Sat., April 2
Business, government and education leaders will join students from three area high schools and DeSales University in the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Glad-ideaters Arena on Saturday, April 2, at DeSales. Student presentations will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center. The awards ceremony will be held from noon until 12:30 p.m. in the DeSales University Center.
The competition, hosted by the DeSales SIFE team, promotes entrepreneurship education and community service-learning across the world.
The high schools of the winning student teams will be awarded cash scholarships. In addition to the $1000 first-place prize, the winning team will go on to compete as Pennsylvania's State Champions in the USA SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Education) Cup. The winner of the USA event will go on to the SAGE World Cup Competition in San Francisco in August.
The DeSales Glad-ideaters competition will feature presentations by students from three local area schools: Bethlehem Catholic High School, Northwestern Lehigh High School and Bucks County Vocational Technical School.
The high school students have been working with DeSales SIFE and Entrepreneurship students to use their business skills for charitable goals. Their projects aid the Heifer International Program in Peru. For one project, a student team from Northwestern Lehigh High School designed a Lance Armstrong-type bracelet using the rainbow colors of the Peruvian flag and the legend, "Help the Hungry."
The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. with welcome remarks and introductions by Michael J. Krajsa, DeSales faculty member in business and SIFE team adviser. This will be followed by the talk, "The Importance of Ethics in Business," by Fr. Christopher Hudgin, OSFS, professor in the humanities department at DeSales.
Presentations from the five high school student teams will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center. Lunch and the awards ceremony will be held in the DeSales University Center, from noon until 12:30 p.m.
Judges for the event are prominent members of business, government, and educational institutions. They include: George Baver, director of reading, Upper Perkiomen Middle School; Dan Bosket, project director, Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown; John Donaldson, DeSales MBA and business faculty; Dr. William P. Dwyer, DeSales MBA and business faculty, and ACCESS curriculum coordinator; and the Honorable Jane Ervin, Lehigh County Executive.
Also, Tom Garrity, director of Compass Point, Ltd. and member of DeSales University President's Council; Brad P. Krajsa, financial advisor, American Express Financial Advisors Inc.; Dr. Jay Lacke, DeSales MBA and business faculty; Dr. Mark Lang, innovation consultant, ECOPRISE; Ellen Larmer, project director, Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem; Paul Leese, director of marketing, DeSales; Dr. Joe Lewis, chairman of DeSales Business Department; Jim Ludlow, the president of IMIRAGE Software Development; Thomas Mantoni, registrar, DeSales; Bill McGlinn, development manager / director of community relations, The Da Vince Discovery Center of Science and Technology; Dr. Sue McGorry, DeSales MBA and business faculty; and Jack Morrone, CPA and financial advisor, Valley National.
High school faculty mentors are Bob Penn, Bethlehem Catholic High School; Bryan Klass, Northwestern Lehigh High School, and Mary Miller, Upper Bucks County VoTech School.
The Glad-ideator Arena is made possible through grants from Pennsylvania State Representative T. J. Rooney and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Walgreen's and DeSales Department of Admissions.
Other contributors include Ardath Rodale, chairman of Rodale Press, who donated a laptop computer and digital camera, and MensHealth magazine.
For more information on the Glad-ideaters program or the SIFE team at DeSales University, please contact Mr. Michael Krajsa, faculty member in the business department at DeSales, at (610) 282-1100, ext. 1856 (office) or (610) 730-5790 (cell).
Press Release: DeSales SIFE Team to Host GLAD-ideaters Arena, Sat., April 2 | Posted on: 3/29/2005
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu