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ACU students win Rookie of the Year at free enterprise competition

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May 5, 2003

Students from Abilene Christian University went up against stiff competition to win Rookie of the Year in the Students In Free Enterprise regional competition April 10, beating out schools such as St. Mary's University and Texas A&M University. 

SIFE is an international organization that encourages students to develop community projects to help teach free enterprise concepts. ACU's chapter of SIFE began in October.

"It is an organization that promotes teaching people the basics skills they will need to be successful in a career," said Heidi Fromm, sophomore marketing major from Midlothian, ACU SIFE member.

The competition allowed students to present their community projects to a panel of judges from various companies across the nation.

ACU's SIFE chapter presented six community projects, one of which was an enterprise city put on for local 4th grade classes at the Grace Museum. 

The 4th grade students received play money and check books and had the chance to work for and spend the money.  The purpose of the city, which included a city hall, a bank, a radio station, a store and various other businesses, was to teach the elementary students how to manage money and deal with finances, Fromm said.

"This was the first time that we went to competition so it was a big time learning experience,"said Dr. Phil Vardiman, assistant professor of management sciences and SIFE sponsor. "The students did an excellent job."


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