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SIFE Presentation Highlights a Year of Impact

| April 28, 2010

Regent's 2009-2010 SIFE team with trustee Danny Sellers.

The 2009-2010 Regent University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) multimedia presentation "The Power of One," recently received first runner-up recognition in its league at the 2010 SIFE USA regional competition in Philadelphia, Penn. On April 20, the Regent community had an opportunity to view the presentation, which detailed how SIFE projects directly impacted people on campus, in the community, across the nation and around the world.

"Their presentation is the culmination of 12 months of hard work by a very committed group of students," said SIFE Faculty Advisor Dr. A. Gregory Stone, a professor in Regent's School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. "These students translated classroom learning to community service to help the lives of others."

Project highlights in the presentation include:

1. AhHa Wiki: Regent SIFE created a master wiki website, enlisting the assistance of 37 Virginia Beach and Norfolk high school students. The team taught the students how to research, organize and build pages on starting a business for various regions: Dubai, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Milan, Seoul, Tokyo, Berlin and Managua.

2. "Let's Can Hunger" Business Plan: Regent SIFE won third place last summer in the Campbell's business plan competition for its plan that raised campus and community awareness on hunger relief in the U.S. The team partnered with Operation Blessing International to initiate a food drive and build a food bank in Niger, Africa. Through these efforts, 800 pounds of food donations have been collected throughout the year.

3. Mission Transition: Regent SIFE hosted a success-skills seminar and financial literacy program for 13 homeless men and women in southeastern Virginia. The seminar offered tips on putting together an effective job resume. The financial program taught participants how to properly manage money, essential to a stable future.

4. Maria Homeless Shelter Project: Regent SIFE assisted Maria Santos, director of Love and Caring for the Homeless in Virginia Beach, Va., with generating shelter income by marketing her idea for a Portuguese bread business. The team helped develop the logo and labels, and will sell her bread using social networking for orders. The team also arranged discounted counseling services for shelter residents through Regent's School of Psychology & Counseling.

5. Commonwealth Paper Company: Regent SIFE helped Commonwealth dispose of more than one dozen used commercial fluorescent bulbs containing 11.6 milligrams of mercury per bulb.

6. Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar: The business's six locations use an average of 13,000 pounds of Styrofoam yogurt cups per year. Regent SIFE contacted several cup suppliers and found a printed paper cup that Skinny Dip can print on, use and recycle.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Regent SIFE received a Virginia Beach Sam's Club Environmental Sustainability Grant of $500 to continue their work with local businesses.

The 2009-2010 Regent SIFE team members are Kristen Gwaltney (president), Julie Woodruff, Shelia Strickland, Leo Wiltshire, Justin Taylor, Connie Tynes, Sarah Beth Stone and LaKresha Bates.


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