Texas State Updates: SIFE

Texas State SIFE team
claims national championship

Texas State students celebrate their win at the 2011 SIFE USA National Exposition.

The Students in Free Enterprise team from Texas State University claimed the 2011 SIFE national title on Thursday, earning the right to represent the United States at the 2011 SIFE World Cup in Malaysia.

The team emerged from a field of regional champions representing 3,500 students from 162 colleges and universities. The event was the culmination of the SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis.

Texas State’s team will compete against 38 other national champions at the SIFE World Cup in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Oct. 3-5.

At SIFE competitions, teams present a written annual report and make a live audiovisual presentation to a panel made up of business leaders. Evaluations are based on how successful the SIFE campus organizations were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need.

Among the 15 award-winning outreach projects conducted by the 150-member Texas State SIFE team was the Migrant Farmer Project, which helped more than 300 migrant workers secure jobs. The goal was to meet farmers’ and ranchers’ demands for labor while providing migrant workers with a job, a temporary place to stay, transportation and basic living necessities.

The students developed a business plan to find housing and transportation and raised $40,000 to make facility improvements. Working with four government agencies, they obtained permits and approvals, including H-2A visas, and arranged for a fleet of buses to transport workers.

SIFE, an international non-profit organization was founded in 1975 and has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses.

More than 700 business leaders from companies such as BIC, Campbell Soup Company, Cargill, KPMG, Malt-O-Meal, Sara Lee, The Schwan Food Company, Unilever and Walmart/Sam’s Club assembled at the Minneapolis Convention Center to evaluate the students’ outreach projects, judging how successfully they used business tools to improve the quality of life and standard of living for others.

Drury University of Springfield, Mo., finished second. Flagler University from St. Augustine, Fla., was third, and Syracuse University was fourth.

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