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Press Release: DeSales Universities SIFE Team Wins Two Awards at the Free Enterprise Competition
Date: 4/16/2003

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DeSales Universities SIFE Team Wins Two Awards at the Free Enterprise Competition

(Center Valley, Pa) - April 15, 2003-- The DeSales University SIFE Team matched its educational outreach projects against the programs of other SIFE Teams at the 2003 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair held April 10, 2003 in Philadelphia. Barely one month old, the DeSales University SIFE Team won Rookie of the Year and Regional Champions awards.

Students in Free Enterprise encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, and to use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects. The projects presented by the DeSales University SIFE Team included a SIFE Raffle, Best Buddies, Brave Heart K-9's, a public discussion on business ethics, and Imirage's Profit Suite.

Teams were judged on the effectiveness of their projects during a 24-minute presentation and were evaluated on creativity and innovation, results of education programs, success in utilizing resources and documentation of activities. DeSales University SIFE students also met with dozens of corporate representatives from the Philadelphia business community to discuss job opportunities. Regional champions named at twenty-two competitions held around the country will present their projects at the 2003 SIFE USA National Exposition, hosted by the Kansas City Business Community, May 11-13 in Missouri. The national champion in the 4-year division will travel to Frankfurt, Germany, to compete at SIFE World Cup 2003, October 12-14.

The DeSales University chapter was represented by five students: president, Julianne Farina of Emmaus, Pa., treasurer, Michael A. Kovach of Allentown, Pa., Jonathan W. Andrews from Lebanon, Pa., Aaron Decker of Whitehall, Pa., and Brandon Fogal of Jim Thorpe, Pa.

Professor Michael Krajsa serves as advisor for the SIFE Team and was named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow in recognition of his leadership and support of the SIFE program at DeSales University. "DeSales should be very proud of this achievement in their first competition thus far," says professor Michael Krajsa. "It is rather unusual for a team to win both Rookie of the Year and Regional Champs. Needless to say, I am proud and very impressed."

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1400 college and university campuses in 33 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. For more information, contact SIFE World Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, at 1-800-677-SIFE or Michael Krajsa at DeSales University at (610) 282-1100 ext. 1856 or visit www.SIFE.org.

Press Release: DeSales Universities SIFE Team Wins Two Awards at the Free Enterprise Competition | Posted on: 4/16/2003

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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