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April 15, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.—The Viterbo University SIFE Team matched their educational outreach projects against the programs of other SIFE Teams at the 2002 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair held April 3 in Minneapolis.  The team was named Regional Champion.

Team members included: Lacie Lyste, Emily Olson, Ali Guild, Nick Johnson, Shayna Evans, Jon Jones, Chris Cook, Dan Nelson, Tina Majinski, Ben LaVold, Taka Kuvaoga, Herb Peterson, and Matt Flaby (see chart below for more information on students).

Students in Free Enterprise encourages students to take what they learn in the classroom, apply it to real-life situations, use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach programs.  A few projects presented by the Viterbo University SIFE Team included Athletic Concessions venture, Teach A Child About Business Week Program, Responsible Use of Credit Program, and Angel Tree Project for the Salvation Army.

Teams were judged on the effectiveness of their projects during a 24-minute presentation and were evaluated on creativity and innovation, result of educational programs, success in utilizing resources and documentation of activities.  Viterbo University SIFE students also met with dozens of corporate representatives from the Minneapolis business community to discuss job opportunities.

Regional champions named at 21 competitions held around the country will present their projects at the 2002 SIFE USA National Exposition, sponsored by the Kansas City Business Community, May 12-14 in Missouri.  The national champion in the four-year division will travel to Amsterdam in September to compete at the second annual SIFE World Cup.

John Nebeck and Denise Probert-Bloom are advisors for the Viterbo University SIFE Team.  They were named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows in recognition of their leadership and support of the SIFE program at Viterbo.

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1000 college and university campuses in 28 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education.  Its goal is to provide college students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, participating, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. For more information contact SIFE World Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, at 1-800-677-SIFE or Viterbo University at 796-3366 or visit

Lacie Lyste Senior Human Resource Development Barron
Emily Olson Senior Accounting Soldiers Grove
Ali Guild Senior Computer Information Systems DePere
Nick Johnson Senior Integrated Studies Onalaska
Shayna Evans Freshman Accounting Wausau
Jon Jones Senior Management Holmen
Chris Cook Senior Human Resource Development Wisconsin Rapids
Dan Nelson Junior Elementary Education La Crosse
Tina Majinski Freshman Marketing  Delafield
Ben LaVold Junior Marketing La Crosse
Taka Kuvaoga Junior Computer Information Systems Zimbabwe, Africa
Herb Peterson Senior Accounting Glenwood, Minn.
Matt Flaby Sophomore Management Lanesboro, Minn.

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