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Students from the Moravian College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) traveled to New Orleans to compete in the SIFE Regional Exposition and Career Fair. Under the leadership of John D. Rossi of the Economics and Business Department at Moravian College, the eleven students won a cash prize of $1,500, a trophy, and went home with the titles "Regional Champion" and "Rookie of the Year."
At the regional exposition, John D. Rossi, III has been named a Sam M Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for the Moravian College SIFE Team. SIFE 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 projects. The Moravian College SIFE Team presented their projects to a panel of local and national business leaders and entrepreneurs who rated the overall effectiveness of each team's efforts. Students also met with dozens of corporate representatives from the business community to discuss job opportunities.
The Fair took place over April 8 to 11. Most of the SIFE team members are from the Amrhein Investment Club and made presentations on their achievements in the club and other campus projects and activities.
The Moravian students also received an invitation to the SIFE International Exposition and Career Fair in Kansas City, Missouri. At the International Exposition, SIFE team members will have the opportunity to network with hundreds of leading CEOs, presidents and executives of major U.S. corporations and SIFE sponsoring organizations. In addition to cash prizes and a trophy, winning teams at the International Exposition will receive coverage in publications like Business Week, Fortune, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.
The SIFE team members had the opportunity to meet with human resource executives from a variety of businesses that are highly interested in hiring SIFE students. At the exposition, SIFE team members were required to document their campus activities in a written annual report and make a professional presentation to a panel of corporate executives and entrepreneurs who serve as judges.
The mission of SIFE is to provide college students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. SIFE is a nonprofit organization, which challenges students to take what they’re learning in the classroom and use this knowledge in a real working situation to better themselves, their community and their country. Through SIFE, students have, with hard work and creativity, the opportunity to win awards for their team and recognition for their school and community.
Team members who have completed a minimum of 50 hours on SIFE projects are eligible to become a "Certified SIFE Scholar." SIFE uses the ResSearch electronic résumé software to scan the résumés of Certified SIFE Scholars into a database to be searched by SIFE donor companies for career opportunities. These opportunities are for full-time careers, as well as internships and summer employment. "The best part is that ResSearch is available to Certified SIFE Scholars forever. Certified SIFE Scholars can utilize this service any time they are interested in a new career," John Rossi said.
For more information, call John Rossi at 861-1380 or visit SIFE on the web at www.SIFE.org.