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6321-Malone University SIFE team named a Regional Champion for the 7th time

6321-April 16, 2012

The Malone University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently participated in regional competition in Cincinnati and was named a regional champion. This means that the team will head to SIFE national competition in Kansas City, MO, May 22-24. Approximately 130 universities will be competing in May at SIFE's prestigious National Exposition. Of the 25 universities in Malone's region, only 10 are selected to advance to the national competition. Schools of all sizes, including state schools, compete against one another by presenting projects that the teams have accomplished throughout the academic year.

This will mark Malone's 7th trip to Nationals overall, and the 4th consecutive year.

SIFE's mission is "to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business."

The Malone SIFE team completed 21 projects this academic year including collecting more than 15,000 pounds of food for the Stark County Hunger Task Force and funding the repair of a well in Peredo, Haiti. They partnered with local organizations such as Love Canton; Kiwanis; Hammer and Nails, Inc.; ReSTORE (Habitat for Humanity); Sam's Club; and Stark County Job and Family Services. The team was also awarded five grants including the Sam's Club "Step Up for Small Business" grant, The Walmart "Women's Economic Empowerment" grant, and the Campbell's Soup "Let's Can Hunger" grant. The theme chosen for the year was H.O.P.E. (Heart Opportunities with Perception and Enthusiasm).

Members of the Malone University SIFE team include:

Gideon Snyder (Co-President), a junior business administration major from Mansfield;

Chrissy Salem (Co-President), a junior history major from Norton;

Nate Davis, a junior business administration major from Southborough, MA;

Marcus Brown, a junior business administration major from Cleveland;

Jasmine Evans, a junior business administration major from Mansfield;

Hannah Kirk, a sophomore intervention specialist (education) major from Carrollton;

Catherine Kennedy, a senior business administration major from Wadsworth;

Liz Baldridge, a sophomore business administration major from Springfield.

Director of SIFE is Trish Berg, instructor of business administration.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424


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