A team of students earned a top honor at a conference for
one of the nation's largest student service and
leadership organizations. BYU-Hawaii's Students In Free
Enterprise was recognized as The second runner up at the
SIFE 2012 National Expo held in Kansas City, Missouri, on
May 24, 2012.
Each year, the BYU-Hawaii chapter identifies local,
regional and global service, community and leadership
projects geared to help develop socially responsible
leaders while making a difference in the world. They draw
on more than 100 student participants at BYU-Hawaii to
carry out these carefully designed projects that go through
a rigorous approval process before becoming official SIFE
projects. Each project must have a social, economic or
environmental element to be approved.
"When I think of the school's mission of creating
leaders, I can't help but see its fulfillment in the
work and projects we do with SIFE," said Asia Rikard,
a senior from Oregon.
Nationwide, 575 colleges and universities have SIFE
chapters. BYU-Hawaii's chapter of Students In Free
Enterprise has been a part of campus for over 14 years and
is no stranger among the nation's top chapters. In fact,
BYU-Hawaii has been invited to the organization's national
exposition every year since the chapter was organized, and
has been among the top 20 chapters in the country for the
past four years.
"The quality of students at BYU-Hawaii and the depth
of experience of the international student body are
characteristics that contribute to successful
projects," said Bill Neal, chapter advisor.
"These projects create lasting lessons for all
involved, and, more importantly, make a difference in lives
around the world."
At the 2012 National Expo, held May 22-24, in Kansas City,
Missouri, 17 students represented BYU-Hawaii and continued
the award-winning tradition by advancing to the final round
of competition for the first time in school history.
Approximately 160 universities from across the United
States presented their projects, outcomes and reports from
the prior year and are evaluated by panels of judges on
their presentation, the depth of project design and
implementation, and qualitative and quantitative analysis.
BYU-Hawaii's team highlighted eight of their 23 projects
for 2011-2012, including a company that sells t-shirts to
help children buy required school uniforms, and an
initiative to strengthen the education and economy of a
small island-nation, Tuvalu.