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Organization Spotlight: SIFE Hopes to Continue Tradition of Success

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Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has a tradition of success on the Arkansas Tech campus. The group expects this year to be even better than before.

Other than getting their name called multiple times for awards at the local, regional and national level, Arkansas Tech SIFE is known for the tireless effort members put forth to serve the community and prepare students to get a job.

SIFE won the Outstanding Student Organization Award the past three consecutive years. President Lindsey Falkenstein says they are not letting up this year.

The mission of the organization is “to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.”

SIFE hosts many events throughout the year, some of which are “Job or No Job,” “Let’s Can Hunger,” a cultural seminar, a telecommunications seminar, an e-waste recycling drive, and computer classes for senior citizens.

"SIFE members at Arkansas Tech University care about their campus and the Russellville community," said Dr. Linda Bean, associate professor of management and marketing at Arkansas Tech and Sam M. Walton Fellow for the Arkansas Tech SIFE team. "This caring has been demonstrated in the projects they complete each year."

Last year, SIFE collected more than 7,600 pounds of food in the “Let’s Can Hunger” project. The food was donated to local food banks and charities.

For the first time, SIFE is planning a project with the local battered women’s shelter. They are also adding new programs to the “Let’s Can Hunger” project.

“Arkansas Tech University SIFE motivates its members with a positive attitude toward leadership and teamwork. We support an open environment where members can suggest new ideas for projects, fundraisers or even social events. Every voice is heard,” Falkenstein said.

SIFE meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Rothwell 321. Meetings will begin September 6.

This organization focuses on business principles but any student is welcome to join. “There is a place for everyone in SIFE because we offer many different areas of opportunity, such as public relations, photography, computer science and many others,” Falkenstein said.

Students interested in learning more about SIFE or any of the special programs offered by the organization should contact Falkenstein at lfalkenstein@atu.edu.

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