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Ferrum SIFE Team Makes It 21 in a Row.


The Ferrum SIFE team, made up of: Andrew Allwine, Bridgett Hall, Kelli Grant, Morgan Cramsey, Coleman Wimbish, Jessica Summers, Morgan Nuttycombe, Michael Thomas, Leyu Wang, Josh Hawks, John Puckett and Sara Puckett recently returned from a successful intercollegiate competition in Charlotte.

Ferrum, Va. (March 30, 2011) –  The Ferrum College Students in Free Enterprise Team has returned once again victorious from regional competition in Charlotte, N.C. where they took first place for the 21st year in a row.

“These students have worked very hard to continue the Ferrum College tradition of success, by reaching out to the local community and implementing projects that actually improve the quality of life,” said Ferrum College Business Professor Dr. Demetri Tsanacas, who started the SIFE program at Ferrum College in 1988.

The students presented the information on six projects, including:


  • Next Step – A project to encourage Franklin County High School students to attend college.
  • Sustainability – A project that encourages local businesses to practice energy saving measures.  The club received a $1,000 grant from Sam’s Club Inc for this project.
  • Reality Store – A program that opens the eyes of middle school students to the expenses they will face later in life, such as taxes and child care.
  • Financial Literacy Project – An effort to educate people to avoid high interest loan schemes.
  • Canned Hunger Food Challenge – Students have collected food for the hungry and organized an event in which students across campus will skip a meal at the dining hall.  In return the food they WOULD have eaten will be donated to charity.
  • Foster’s Greenhouse Project – Student have worked with a locally owned greenhouse and country market to help them expand their business via improved marketing and a new business model.  This project earned the club a $2,000 Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership Grant from Wal-Mart.  

The students will continue to work on these and other projects, while they prepare to present at the SIFE national Conference in Minneapolis, M.N., May 10-12.

Ferrum College Provost, Dr. Leslie Lambert praised the students’ success saying, “The SIFE program continues to be among the strongest on campus.  21 years in a row is an amazing accomplishment and a testament to the students’ hard work.”

Working on the various programs and presenting at a large conference, “was a great experience,” said student Andrew Allwine.  “We still have lots of work to do to finish our projects and to present at nationals.” he said.

SIFE is an international collegiate program designed to encourage, “the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.”