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March 18, 2010

La Salle University Team to Participate in
Students in Free Enterprise Regional Competition

Thirteen La Salle University students will participate in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Philadelphia regional competition on March 22 against 34 other college teams.  The students will deliver an audiovisual presentation that showcases how the team has created projects around SIFE’s major judging categories: financial literacy, the global economy, entrepreneurship, business ethics, and environmental sustainability. The top teams from the regionals will move on to the national competition in May in Minneapolis. 

SIFE students leverage their classroom experience, the expertise of their faculty advisor and business advisory board, and the resources of their university to develop projects that empower people to live better lives.

Team members are: Aroon Isaac, an Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT) major from Philadelphia; Bobby Nguyen, an ISBT major from Folcroft, Pa.; Brandon Washington, an ISBT major from Philadelphia; Brian Lodato, team President, an Economics and ISBT major from Cinnaminson, N.J.; Christine Bernard, a Digital Arts and Multimedia Design and Marketing major from Philadelphia; Christopher Heinold, team Vice President, a Finance and Marketing major from Easton, Conn.; David Rapone, an ISBT major from Sewell, N.J.; Lina Ibrahim, team Secretary,  a Marketing major from Philadelphia; Matthew Steele, a Marketing major from Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Michael Neto, team Treasurer, an ISBT major from Huntington Valley, Pa.; Shamina Harrison, an ISBT major from Trenton, N.J.; Stacy Aguilar, an ISBT and Economics major from Honduras; and Veronica Brown, a Nursing major from Philadelphia.

Some of the La Salle team’s major projects this year were:

Think First! – A national program developed by neurosurgeons that aims to help young people reduce their risk of brain and spinal injuries.  The La Salle SIFE team was trained on giving Think First! Presentations and are currently presenting them to K through 12 children at various venues. 

Entrepreneurship for Kids – The La Salle SIFE team developed a program that teaches middle school and high school students on how to be successful entrepreneurs.  The message the SIFE team relays is that anyone can start their own business if they acquire the resources and put forth the effort. This program was carried out at a local summer camp in West Philadelphia.

Credit Counseling –A legacy project for the La Salle SIFE team, the program aims at teaching La Salle students about the importance of credit-based issues.

Greener La Salle – Members from the La Salle SIFE team are currently conducting energy audits in several of the buildings around La Salle’s campus and writing up proposals on how to reduce energy costs and reduce energy use.

Microloan to Honduras – The team is loaning money to women in Honduras who are attempting to start their own businesses.  The SIFE team is also offering business advice to help the women be as successful as they can.

ISBT Career and Alumni Night – Several team members who are ISBT majors are organizing an ISBT social event, which will gather current students, alumni, and professors later this year to discuss past successes, career opportunities, and future plans after graduation.