KSU SIFE teams captures honors at national free enterprise competition

The Kennesaw State University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team took home first place for…

Georgia (May 21, 2003) — KSU SIFE teams captures honors at national free enterprise competition



The Kennesaw State University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team took home first place for National Entrepreneurship Month‚ first place for the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Assistance program and second place for the Free Market Economics Month Special Competition Awards at the 2003 SIFE USA National Exposition‚ hosted by the Kansas City business community. Prizes included $8‚000. With the addition of the SIFE team's regional winnings‚ the total cash awards for this year's team was $11‚000. The money will be used to support next year's team projects.

Kennesaw State competed against more than 185 other teams representing two− and four−year schools from around the country. Each team had previously won one of 22 regional competitions. Winning projects for KSU included a school store at Belmont Hills Elementary School‚ Boy and Girl Scout badge workshops‚ an original on−line educational economics game‚ puppet shows to teach business ethics and an outreach visit to the Republic of Antigua.

Dr. Gary Roberts‚ KSU management professor and SIFE team adviser‚ was named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow in recognition of his leadership and support of the SIFE program. "SIFE provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to apply their academic knowledge in ways that make a difference in our community. 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‚" Roberts said.

While at the exposition‚ students had the opportunity to interview for jobs and internships with representatives from more than 48 companies‚ and learn from keynote speaker Bernard Marcus‚ co−founder and chairman of the board of Home Depot Inc.


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 Dr. Gary Roberts‚ 770−423−6078 or visit http://coles.kennesaw.edu/pages/sife/.


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 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu