Kennesaw State University SIFE team presents outreach projects at free enterprise competition

The Kennesaw State University Students in Free Enterprise team matched its educational outreach…

Georgia (Apr 17, 2002) — Kennesaw State University SIFE team presents outreach projects at free enterprise competition

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The Kennesaw State University Students in Free Enterprise team matched its educational outreach projects against those of other SIFE teams at the 2003 Students In Free Enterprise Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair held April 7 in Atlanta. The Kennesaw State team was named regional champions for its league‚ and captured finalist awards for both the National Entrepreneurship Month and Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Assistance Program. Awards included three trophies and a total of $2‚500 in prize money.



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 programs. The 17 projects presented by the KSU SIFE team included an online Global Economics Game‚ the Austell Community Task Force‚ the Boy and Girl Scout Entrepreneurship Day‚ a teaching trip to the Republic of Antigua and the Belmont Hills Elementary Bear Cave Store‚ just to name a few.



Teams were judged during a 24−minute presentation on the project's effectiveness and were evaluated on creativity and innovation‚ results of education programs‚ success in utilizing resources and documentation of activities. 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 11−14 in Missouri. The national champion in the 4−year division will travel to Frankfurt‚ Germany‚ to compete at the SIFE World Cup 2003‚ October 12−14.



Kennesaw State University SIFE students also met with dozens of corporate representatives from the Atlanta business community to discuss job opportunities.



Dr. Gary Roberts‚ KSU professor of management and entrepreneurship‚ 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 Kennesaw State. "SIFE provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to apply their academic knowledge in ways that make a difference in our community‚" said Roberts. "No other experience demonstrates how important the combination of 'know how' and 'know who' is to business success. I'm proud of our students and what they do each year."



Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1‚400 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‚ Mo.‚ at 1−800−677−SIFE or Kennesaw State University‚ Dr. Gary Roberts‚ (770) 423−6078 or visit http://coles.kennesaw.edu/pages/sife/.



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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.




A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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