SIFE members Li Shin Chang and Ivan Hunnicutt celebrate their regional success in Dallas.

The Pitt State chapter of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) was one of 170 teams out of 375 to advance out of their regional competitions to the SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis in May. The regional competition was held in Dallas.

The SIFE presentation detailed the group’s use of business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. This year, the team organized 16 projects in the Pittsburg community, including Just Imagine Nation, where SIFE members taught area fourth-grade students the fundamentals of national market economics.

“Our team worked extremely hard this year and although we did not advance out of our league, it was a great experience to be part of the national competition,” said Katie Gull, vice president of operations for the student group.

The team advanced to national competition in Minneapolis.

Among their many local projects was an effort that helped the growing recycling program on campus.