Eight University of Mobile students were recognized for community service efforts at the Students in Free Enterprise USA Regional Competition.
Led by Nick Cillo, assistant professor of management and finance, the UMobile Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter received 1st Runner-Up and Rookie of the Year in their category at the competition in April.
SIFE is a national non-profit organization that aims to build a network of business professionals and industry leaders to create positive change in communities through business principles.
The mission of the UMobile SIFE chapter is, “to add faith, value, opportunities, and hope to the world around us through the implementation of general business principles.” Students involved in the chapter organized four community service projects throughout the academic year.
The first project, The Dumas Wesley Center Street Fests, was planned, advertised and hosted by UMobile SIFE members to expand on the local entrepreneurial talent of the residents of Crichton, Ala. Twelve local vendors participated in the events. Future biannual street fests will be planned to continue to stimulate the local economy.
UMobile SIFE established a partnership with 15 Place, a downtown Mobile homeless shelter. The students donated a computer for educational use, held a resume and online job application workshop, and taught budgeting principles. The chapter also held a clothing drive that collected more than $3,000 worth of clothing in exchange for Goodwill vouchers for 15 Place residents to redeem for professional attire. UMobile SIFE plans to continue the partnership with 15 Place year-round.
The chapter wrote and submitted a grant proposal to build a low ropes course for Camp Grace, a local camp built to accommodate handicapped campers. UMobile SIFE won the $1,200 Lowe’s Community Improvement Challenge Grant and used the funds to personally construct the climbing wall course, which is now in use by Camp Grace.
Members of the University of Mobile SIFE chapter are:
Morgan Carnley, a senior business management and finance major of Enterprise, Ala.
Jami Carter, a junior business administration major of Mobile, Ala.
Russell Grant, a senior business administration major of West Lafayette, Ind.
Alizabeth Hill, a senior managerial entrepreneurship major of Mobile, Ala.
Epsie Long, a senior business management major of Grove Hill, Ala.
Davis Pilot, a senior entrepreneurship major of Mobile, Ala.
Ruth Smith, a senior business administration major of Mobile, Ala.
Jason Williams, a senior business management major of Asheboro, NC.
For more information about the University of Mobile, contact Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or visit www.umobile.edu.
UMobile SIFE members at the regional competition in Atlanta, GA, from left,
are Epsie Long, Alizabeth Hill, Jami Carter, Ruth Smith, Morgan Carnley,
Davis Pilot, Russell Grant, Jason Williams.
SIFE at the University of Mobile