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Washington Adventist University SIFE Team Stands Out at Regional Competition

Story by WAU Staff
Published 4/11/2012

Lee Pope, WAU SIFE president; Kimberly Pichot, SIFE faculty advisor and professor; and Patrick Williams, PhD, chair of the Business Department; proudly display their awards.

The Washington Adventist University SIFE team was named a Rookie of the Year and First Runner-Up Region Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition held last Wednesday in Baltimore. The event is one of 11 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.

“We started our SIFE Team six months ago and had so much to accomplish in a short time,” said Kimberly Pichot, faculty advisor for the WAU team. “Our team of 20 students worked hard, completing over 1,000 hours of volunteer work in our community and on campus. We were excited and nervous going to our first regional competition, and I am very proud of our students’ accomplishments.”

WAU’s program is one of nearly 600 in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

During this academic year, WAU’s SIFE team organized five projects in the Takoma Park, Md., community, including a series of workshops held at Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington. They worked with a small group of unemployed people to help them prepare resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing and learn how to search for jobs online. Other projects included helping an online business with their inventory tracking; presenting a weeklong program to bring awareness to students on campus about how much food is wasted and why it’s important to “taste, not waste”; hosting the Martin Luther King Jr. “Let’s Can Hunger” Food Drive; and organizing the well attended “Benefit Corporation Community Forum” held at the Takoma Park Community Center on March 27.

“We had a significant influence on our community on March 27,” said Lee Pope, SIFE president and a senior marketing major. “The awareness from this forum is helping our community venture into a new way of doing business, giving with intent. We are helping community leaders, nonprofit organizations and businesses join forces to have a positive impact on our community.”

The culmination of the SIFE program is an annual series of competitions that provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and have business leaders evaluated those projects. Teams compete first at the regional and national levels, then at an international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the SIFE World Cup.

WAU’s entire SIFE team poses for a photo at the regional competition in Baltimore.