Office of Public Affairs
March 27, 2002
CONTACT: Paula Bobrowski, 312-3197
ORGANIZATION AIMS TO HONE SKILLS OF BUSINESS STUDENTS
OSWEGO -- A new SUNY Oswego student organization, Students in Free Enterprise engages participants to work as a team to design educational community projects that help others better understand the principles of free enterprise.
"SIFE provides valuable educational services to the Oswego community and builds leadership skills among the team members," said Paula Bobrowski, associate professor of marketing and management at SUNY Oswego.
Oswego is one of more than 1,000 colleges and universities active in SIFE in 25 countries. This spring, Bobrowski, who is also the adviser of the campus chapter of the American Marketing Association, introduced the organization to students during an AMA meeting. All students currently involved in the organization are in the School of Business, but the group is open to all majors.
"SIFE is a great organization because of its impressive lists of companies involved and its job opportunities for students," Bobrowski said.
Each team member is required to complete 50 hours of work, including research, interviews and project preparation.
The Oswego team's project topics include teaching foreign currency, the process of creating a Web site for a business and preparing resumes and cover letters. Teams meet with a mentor and adviser on a regular basis to critique presentations, practice and discuss ideas. Members can receive course credits through the college's Experience-Based Education Office.
Each team attends a regional competition to present its teaching strategies and results of projects. Oswego students will head to the regional competition April 8 in New York City. Regional champions will compete at the SIFE USA National in Kansas City in May. The Oswego group plans to attend the national competition to network and interview with the companies involved.
"Over 1,000 companies will pay up to $25,000 per table at the SIFE competitions to recruit students," said Thomas Payne, senior vice president of university relations for SIFE. SIFE is helping fund the Oswego team's cost of hotel rooms and airfare for the competition.
Team member Kimberly McLaughlin said, "SIFE is beneficial to the members, helping them to learn more about important business issues, networking, teamwork and educating others."
The SUNY Oswego team also includes Amy Rose, Brian Smith, Alex Thayer, Steven Yuspa, Scott Gardner and Steve Zucker.
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