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Kent State Trumbull SIFE takes home honors at regional competition

Posted Mar. 28, 2011
CLEVELAND - The Kent State University at Trumbull Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team competed in their inaugural Regional competition in Cleveland on March 21, 2011. The Kent State Trumbull SIFE completed two projects covering this year's SIFE criteria – people, planet and profits. 

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings togetherSIFE award winners the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 39 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in SIFE are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.  

The culmination of the SIFE USA program is an annual series of competitions that provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. SIFE competitions are challenging, team-oriented events that create a sense of accountability and motivation for teams to continually improve the quality of their projects. Every year, one USA SIFE team is named the national champion and earns the chance to compete against the best SIFE teams from 39 countries at the SIFE World Cup.  

Kent State Trumbull's SIFE team is one of more than 550 across the country, with participating students using 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, the Kent State Trumbull SIFE team organized two projects in the Warren community, which included  an environmental sustainability audit of the Mocha House ( and initiation of a community garden program with Inspiring Minds (  

The Kent State Trumbull SIFE team was awarded a $1,000 grant courtesy of Sam's Club, which was used in its efforts to help the Mocha House become greener and more energy efficient. To aid in its assistance of the Mocha House, members of the SIFE team toured other local businesses to learn of current sustainability practices that many are currently utilizing in their day-to-day green efforts.  

The team presented their project to more than 15 judges at the competition. A 24-minute presentation was made by Darrin Shaulis, Katie McMenamin, Eric Bender, Samantha Barnhart, and Ryan Tingler.. The team was awarded 2nd runner up as well as being named Rookie of the Year for League 1.