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April 24, 2002
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OSWEGO -- If making a good first impression is an important part of business success, then members of SUNY Oswego's Students in Free Enterprise team appear to be on the fast track.
The new student group earned the Rookie of the Year award at the SIFE regional competition April 8 in New York City. Oswego's team also won first runner-up in its league of seven, coming home with more awards than Harvard University. SIFE focuses on presentation skills and promoting the principles of free enterprise.
More than 20 competing colleges and universities were split randomly into three leagues of seven. Within each league, the top two were chosen to compete in Kansas City for the National SIFE Championship in May.
The four Oswego students competing were Scott Gardner, Amy Rose, Kimberly McLaughlin and Brian Smith. Their presentations were about 401k plans, currency and setting up a Web site for a business. These four earned free trips to the national competition in Kansas City. While they will not be competing, they plan to take advantage of the networking opportunities.
"Our team's professionally designed handout separated Oswego from the others," said McLaughlin, a senior marketing major.
At the national competition, Rose and McLaughlin plan to distribute their resumes and set up interviews with some of the participating corporations, which include Coors, Wal-Mart, PetCo, American Greetings and RadioShack. Clem Armstrong, mentor to the SIFE Oswego team, will be a judge at the Kansas City competition.
Smith, a junior marketing major elected president of SIFE for next year, said Oswego's team stood out from the rest in their league because their projects tied into each other and they emphasized that they were a rookie team.
Marketing major Steven Yuspa said that the competition allowed the team to make a name for SUNY Oswego. "It was a great opportunity to meet corporate executives and to start networking," Yuspa noted. As a junior this year, he plans to stay on the SIFE team next year.
Yuspa, Thayer and Steven Zucker did not compete in New York, but concentrated on helping Oswego High School start up a junior SIFE team. They will meet with the high school teams about twice a month to advise the students next fall.
"The Oswego SIFE team exemplifies what students at SUNY Oswego can accomplish with dedication, hard work, leadership, teamwork and integrity," said SIFE adviser Paula Bobrowski, an associate professor of marketing and management. She said that the students at the college are what make the faculty's jobs worthwhile.
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