Suffolk University Finishes Strong in SIFE


BOSTON, MA - Suffolk University finished as the second runner-up in the 2004 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) New England regional competition, held recently at the Hyatt Hotel in Cambridge.

Although this was only its first year competing, the Suffolk team, comprised of seniors Ndeye Fatou Sy and Fatoumata Ndiaye and juniors Ramatou Sane and Mame Fall, all of who are finance majors, did an outstanding job representing the University.

“What the students achieved in this competition is remarkable, particularly when you consider the short preparation time they had and the tremendous effort they put in to produce quality work,” said Suffolk University Professor Charles J. Mambula, who serves as Advisor of the SUBCO (Suffolk University’s Business and Careers Organization)/SIFE program. “I’m extremely proud of our students because they worked so hard, showed a lot of patience and cooperated with one another.”

SIFE is an international organization sponsored by more than 200 of the leading corporations throughout the United States and around the world. These corporations actively support philanthropy work and community development. Each year, student teams from 1,500 colleges and universities in 37 countries compete at the regional, national and internationals levels. SIFE offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

“The purpose of SIFE is to teach students important concepts by having them develop and participate in educational outreach projects,” said Professor Mambula. “These projects include market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success and business ethics, all to better themselves, their communities and their countries.”

Suffolk’s SIFE program began in February of 2004. Its entry in the regional competition was titled, The 3 “H” Project – Assisting Boston’s Less Fortunate – Getting them Help, Getting them Hired, Getting them a Home. The overall purpose of the project is for students to identify less fortunate individuals, such as homeless people, at risk individuals, single parents and welfare recipients, and help them in various ways to become productive and self-sufficient members of society.

“After the competition, there were some very good comments made by the judges about our students and their project,” said Professor Mambula, who was named a Sam Walton Fellow. by the SIFE organization. “Our students looked and acted professionally from beginning to end. They’ve helped put Suffolk on the (SIFE) map.”

There were a number of local institutions, along with Suffolk, competing in many different categories in the SIFE New England regional competition, including Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth).

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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