Page 4

BYUH SIFE TEAM CELEBRATES victory being 2nd runner up at National Exposition


he students of BYH-Hawaii’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team gathered together, Wednesday, May 30, to celebrate their success of earning third place at the 2012 National Exposition held in Kansas City, Missouri, May 22-24. SIFE, a global non-profit organization, has a total of 577 active teams, with 21,216 active students and 5,032 team community projects nationwide. SIFE’s mission is to “bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world though the positive power of business.” “The group this year did an incredible job in representing the campus and the church. They won the hearts of the judges and the audiences,” said chapter adviser Bill Neal during his opening remarks. The BYUH SIFE group – consisting of 17 students – competed against 165 teams from different and known U.S. universities and was recognized as the 2nd runner up, beating Valdosta State University who was the 3rd runner up in the final round. The Flagler College at Saint Augustine Florida and Belmont University Nashville were both named as 1st runner up and SIFE USA National Champion. Kevin Castle, co-adviser of the team, explained the significance of the chapter to the lives of BYUH-students. “SIFE is really the service arm of the BYU-Hawaii students. It teaches the students that the best way to


Ke Alaka‘i

Above: The BYUH SIFE revels in their victory at the 2012 National Exposition. The team earned the position of second runner-up. Photo Courtesy of the BYUH SIFE Facebook page

serve someone is not to give people a fish but to teach them how to fish. So, in addition to that, we have to ultimately listen to the people we are trying to serve first [to see] what they need.” BYUH SIFE chapters, accompanied by their supportive advisers, presented their planned and developed outreach projects that provided support to improve the standard of living of those people in need. The National Competition required each team member to present their accomplishments by giving the results of their projects, which were evaluated by approximately 60 CEOs and other business leaders who served as the panel of judges. Mustapha El Akkari, a junior BS supply chain and finance major from Lebanon, also expressed his gratitude towards the SIFE chapter. “I was lucky enough to be selected. It was just a phenomenal experience. SIFE is a family for me and I am honored to be part of it. Hopefully we’ll have a better year next year and continue to literally change the world into a better place. We follow the vision of Sam Walton to change the world – that’s the main focus. Let the voice of the children and developing countries to be heard – That’s my vision.” The BYUH SIFE members presented eight of their 23 projects for 2011-2012,

including Akin Clothing, Cambodia Children’s Home, Congo Entrepreneurs Entraide, Strengthening Tuvalu’s economy and education, and Na Haku (One who Creates) – Preparing High School Entrepreneurs. Their video presentation was prepared by Aaron Nelson, BYUH graduate in interdisciplinary studies from Utah, now serving as Business Advising Board. Melinda Kendall Pike, senior in marketing and entrepreneurship from Oklahoma and one of the participants, also commented, “SIFE is an opportunity that every student should take advantage of. Making it to final four was a life changing and humbling experience to represent a small University with such a great purpose. Our advisers completely supported us and encouraged us throughout the competition. Our team bonded through the realization of our purpose and that the people we were representing.” SIFE is not only for students majoring in business. It is greatly encouraged by the team that all BYU-Hawaii students should explore the opportunity and experience to be involved in this kind of activity offered by the school. Willingness to serve the Lord’s children, the school, the community, and the church is what team members are looking for. -Ma Vis Tagu ba

June 7, 2012  
June 7, 2012  

Political science Washington DC trip