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May 4, 2006

RSU Students Earn Regional Recognition at SIFE Competition

The Rogers State University chapter of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) recently participated in the SIFE USA Regional Championship earlier this month in Dallas. 

RSU students representing the university and the communities it serves during the April 12 event were: Jordan Humphrey, Misti Sennett, Don Horn and Emma Mutinda.

During the regional event, RSU students showcased the various events and outcomes of the SIFE program throughout the year. This year, RSU SIFE students have volunteered more than 2,200 hours to their four service programs for Claremore and surrounding areas. Overall, RSU SIFE affected more than 200 people directly and assisted in raising funds for the Rogers County Volunteers for Youth.

At the competition, over 70 colleges and universities competed for cash and prizes. The RSU SIFE team were recognized as second runner-up in their league, which included schools such as Missouri State University, Texas A&M International University, Southwestern Adventist University and Texas Southern University.

"I am very proud of my teammates," said Jordan Humphrey, the 2005-2006 SIFE Service Leadership Award recipient and RSU SIFE President. "Their hard work and effort has made our have made our community a better place."

Humphrey also added that the competition process was much more sophisticated than last year. Only 500 of the more than 1,000 teams in the United States qualified for competition based on the teams' projects and program sustainability. RSU SIFE demonstrated their program sustainability by improving their relationship with RSU faculty and administration, while at the same time building its brand new Business Advisory Board, which has more than 16 community members committed to mentoring the program.

One of the RSU SIFE Business Advisory Board members, Dr. Michael Turner, RSU dean of student affairs, said the addition of the SIFE program to campus has been a positive initiative and has brought forth a very enthusiastic and professional group of RSU students that are actively involved in the community. Turner said he is excited that SIFE is such an active presence on campus.

Humphrey said he expects the Business Advisory Board, along with the strong leadership qualities of RSU students, will help create a positive atmosphere for RSU students and the community.

Established at Rogers State University in 2004, RSU SIFE is part of the world's largest active global network of college students consisting of more than 2,400 colleges and universities worldwide. SIFE's mission is to empower others by teaching and promoting the free enterprise system.

For more information about the RSU SIFE program, please call Martha Jagel at (918) 343-7524, or e-mail rsusife@gmail.com.