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SIFE AwardORU SIFE Team Wins Regional Competition for Second Year

The Oral Roberts University Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was announced Champions of their league during the Dallas, Texas SIFE USA Regional Competition on March 18, 2011, and invited to participate in the SIFE National Competition. This is the second straight year that ORU has been victorious over such schools as Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, The University of Houston and many other Texas Universities. The National Competition will take place this May in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

SIFE teams create economic opportunities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial planning, success skills, and business ethics. During this academic year, the ORU SIFE team organized 15 projects in both local and international locations. Several projects included offering online, student-written curriculum to empower contacts they had on 6 continents, and then partnering with an organization called mPOWR to send those contacts micro-loans to empower them to operate and own their own businesses; traveling to Paraguay to teach workshops on various business-related topics; further developing a student leadership conference; and working with local and global contacts to raise awareness, money, and canned goods for those in need.

Jennifer Cook, president of this year's SIFE team, says, "SIFE, in partnership with the ORU College of Business, has allowed me to realize my dreams in entrepreneurship, leadership, and mentorship. I couldn't imagine a better organization to have devoted four years and countless hours of my life to." Cook has been involved with SIFE since her freshman year and will be transitioning to the role of Business Advisory Board member next year. When asked about the regional competition, Cook says, "...I was overjoyed and felt so accomplished that all of our hard work had paid off. I cannot wait to bring even more positive publicity to ORU when we go to national and compete and hopefully win."

The ORU SIFE team is in its fifth year and is comprised of over 200 students from 15 different majors. SIFE is an international nonprofit organization active on more than 1,500 university campuses in 40 countries.

For more information on obtaining a degree from the ORU College of Business, call admissions at 800.678.8876 or admissions.oru.edu.