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UNH Manchester SIFE Team Headed to Nationals

By Kim Wall, UNH Manchester
April 6, 2011

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team returned from New York City as SIFE USA Regional Champions on April 4. The event was one of the 12 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States during March and April. SIFE is an international organization that mobilizes students around the world to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. The University of New Hampshire at Manchester team will now advance to the SIFE USA National Exposition to be held May 10-12 in Minneapolis.

Business Professor Kelly Kilcrease serves as the Walton Fellow responsible for advising UNH Manchester’s SIFE students. “We simply have incredibly bright students who want to make a difference in the Manchester community,” Kilcrease said. “To me these students embody what UNH Manchester is all about – taking what they’re learning in the classroom and finding ways to make a sustainable difference in our community. The competencies that the UNH Manchester SIFE teams have demonstrated in winning the Regional Competition are exactly the talents that employers are looking for; problem solving, team building and great communication skills. We are anticipating another strong showing at the National SIFE Exposition in Minneapolis next month.”

The students in the SIFE program are Laura Gonzalez (team president), Matt Withington (team vice president), Erin Albert (PR director), Jessica Murphy, and Ali Geldieva. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the UNH Manchester SIFE Team organized 11 projects on campus and in the community. They addressed issues including a pink tie ball for breast cancer awareness, teaching elementary schools how to start their own business, providing tax advice to individuals in the urban communities, and providing a business model for citizens in southern Africa (Malawi) for making quilts and raising money to combat child malnourishment. UNH Manchester SIFE students spent more than 1,300 volunteer hours developing and completing their projects.

Universities UNH Manchester competed against included: Delaware Valley College, East Stroudsburg State University, Loyola University, Seaton Hall University, Canisius College, Worchester State College, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Siena College.

UNH Manchester, UNH's urban campus, offers liberal arts and applied majors in business, science, and technology, all with an urban focus. UNH Manchester is UNH. Learn more at www.unhm.unh.edu

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