KSU’s “Students in Free Enterprise” team named regional champion

For the sixth year in a row‚ the Kennesaw State University chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (…

Georgia (Apr 18, 2005) — KSU’s “Students in Free Enterprise” team named regional champion

Terri Thornton


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For the sixth year in a row‚ the Kennesaw State University chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) was named a Champion in the SIFE USA Regional Competition. The competition was held April 14 in Atlanta. The team received $3‚000 in cash prizes for its efforts. The students now advance to the SIFE USA National Exposition and Career Opportunity Fair to be held in Kansas City‚ Missouri from May 22 to 24.

The SIFE team competed in a league that included Emory University‚ Spelman College and several other institutions of higher learning from across the Southeast. The team from KSU’s Coles College of Business was also a finalist in the National Free Market Economics Competition sponsored by AFLAC‚ the National Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by Sam's Club‚ and the Business Ethics Competition sponsored by Campbell's and Sealed Air.

“Dr. Gary Roberts did a fantastic job leading the KSU SIFE team‚” said team member Stella Xu. Roberts has served as SIFE adviser and the Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for the past 19 years.

Just last month Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue issued a commendation to the Coles College SIFE team‚ noting their previous wins‚ as well as their national first place award in entrepreneurship by the Kauffman Foundation.

“Whereas the focused efforts of the KSU SIFE team‚ students‚ faculty and supporting community leaders positively affects the lives of others (and) the State of Georgia is proud of the students and faculty involved in SIFE teams that are helping people achieve their dreams through free enterprise education‚ therefore‚ I … commend (the) Kennesaw State University Students in Free Enterprise Team‚” Perdue’s commendation read.

SIFE is a nonprofit organization that gives students the tools to learn the free enterprise system in a real working situation. It challenges students to take what they learn in the classroom and use their knowledge to better their communities.

The KSU team led seventeen outreaches to local community groups this year. The projects included Merit Badge University‚ which allowed Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges in entrepreneurship; a teacher appreciation luncheon; Veteran's Day ceremony; Entrepreneurship summer camp and Chinese New Year celebration. They also tutored youngsters and low−income prospective business owners on the free enterprise system.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚000 from 129 countries. The third largest university in the state‚ and a member of the 34−institution University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 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