On March 30, six Seton Hill students competed in Philadelphia, Pa. at the Regional Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Competition. Twenty-seven teams participated. Seton Hill’s team won the Rookie of the Year Award and second runner up award for the league in which they competed.

Seton Hill students participating included Larisa Vestivschi, Ashley Dorry, Meghan Fisher, Sarah Huck, Patrick McClure, and Brianna Torian. Doina Vlad, Ph.D., associate professor of business, is the Seton Hill SIFE faculty advisor.

SIFE provides university students with the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to their communities while also discovering their potential to achieve an even greater impact as the business leaders of tomorrow. It’s this balance between immediacy of results and the continual development of effective, responsible leaders that defines the SIFE program and is essential to creating truly sustainable change.

SIFE teams’ projects address a variety of topics, such as market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, personal success skills, environmental sustainability and business ethics. Rather than mandating a uniform set of projects, teams are encouraged to work within the framework of these topics while adapting their approach to the diverse needs of people in different communities. The result is a program that is global in scope and purpose with the flexibility and responsiveness of a community-based organization.