NCU SIFE Places at National Exposition; Appears on Local Morning Show

Date: May 12, 2011 - 10:44am
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Minneapolis, MN- North Central University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team placed first runner up in League 1 at the SIFE National Exposition on May 11, 2011.
The NCU SIFE team also appeared on WCCO (CBS Twin Cities affiliate) morning news program, ‘This Morning,’ on May 12, 2011. The team was recognized during the telecast.
NCU SIFE captured their second consecutive Regional Competition title back in March, 2011.

Presenters were: Mitchell Chamberlin, Kevin Van Slyke, Rachel Moe, Erica Hanson, Jamie Welsh.

NCU SIFE presented community projects that they accomplished this past academic school year. Some of the projects included: Project S.O.S., Elliot Park Night to Unite, NCU Green, Operation Lunch and InterviewME. Project success is measured on qualitative and quantifiable objectives such as: the number of individuals influenced, financial impact, an degree of change in lives. NCU SIFE focused on influencing both the campus and the community that has been home to North Central University for over 80 years.

Bill Tibbetts, assistant professor of Business administration at NCU, serves as the team’s mentor and SIFE-designated ‘Sam Walton Fellow’, named after Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
“SIFE provides our students with the opportunity to partner their class room education with Biblical principles of service to our community,” said Tibbetts. “Participation in SIFE provides our students with a competitive advantage when applying for internships and jobs in the marketplace. It’s well known, and well respected. NCU has one of the more developed and sustainable SIFE programs in Minnesota. Our NCU SIFE team has diligently worked to be a relevant influence on the Elliot park neighborhood, the community that has been home to North Central for so many years.”
SIFE is a program that provides a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders. The mission is to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop educational outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Many donor companies such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Walgreens come to recruit SIFE students for internships and job opportunities.
NCU SIFE will continue to develop their initial projects and add a few more in the near future, including the development of a program called StartUP - a small business and entrepreneur resource organization for the twin cities.
For more information on SIFE please visit