CSU, Chico News

SIFE Team Wins Regional Competition

Date: 04-16-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Tom Wilder
Accounting and Management Information Systems

The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team from California State University, Chico traveled to San Francisco last week and came away as regional champions in the SIFE USA Regional Competition on April 6. They won first place in the Environmental Sustainability Individual Competition along the way.

The next step for the team is the National Competition May 11-13 in Minneapolis, MN. Up to 200 SIFE teams that have won a Regional Competition will compete for the National Championship. The top International Champions will then compete in Los Angeles in October.

CSU, Chico competed in a league with Wheeling Jesuit University, Heritage University, CSU, Bakersfield, Klamath Community College and Truckee Meadows Community College.

The SIFE team ran 10 projects this year. Wise Kid Healthy Kid (WKHK) youth entrepreneurial camp is the largest project, with more than 80 kids participating this year. Each semester, WKHK invites 5th and 6th graders to the campus for five weekends to teach them the basics of business. The campers then sell their products at the Saturday Farmers Market. Volunteers from CAVE helped staff the camps.

“We have a fantastic team this year, and the presenters didn’t miss a step during their 24-minute presentation,” said Tom Wilder, faculty advisor to SIFE. “I am impressed at how our students step up and deliver.”

CSU, Chico’s SIFE presentation team consisted of Paul Calonico, Emilia Jauregui and Keeley Rowe, project management majors; Nathan Pike and Sam Urrutia, business information systems majors; and Patrick McGuire, finance major.

Local donations and fund-raising events, corporate grants and the Instructionally Related Activities Program support the SIFE program.

For information, contact Tom Wilder at twilder@csuchico.edu or SIFE@chicosife.org.