“Think globally, act locally” was exactly how Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE) at Hawai‘i Pacific University performed at
the state regional competition April 14 at the Waikiki Beach
Marriott Resort. For the third year in a row, the HPU team placed
first in the region and will go to the national competition
in Kansas City to represent Hawai‘i’s four-year universities.
Heather Manning, SIFE president, described the team’s enthusiasm
as resonating throughout the room as members presented the current
year’s projects to the 16 judges. “We wanted to do the best
we can this year,” Manning said.
“It’s a gigantic accomplishment for them this year,” added
Carol Jaros, adjunct communication instructor, commenting on
SIFE competed against the University of Hawai‘i— West O‘ahu,
Chaminade University, Brigham Young University—Hawai‘i, and
the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The winning SIFE team included:
Gina Bryant (USA), Mary Disprow (USA), Benedikt Goetz (Italy),
Claes Insulander (Sweden), Andreas Jacob (Sweden), Simone Knobel
(Switzerland), Heather Manning (USA), and Michelle Reyes (USA).
This year’s SIFE projects mixed social responsibility and globalization.
One project developed a Web administration system; another,
a financial investment seminar. One team put together a Jeopardy
game based on the book Adventures of Jonathan Gullible. Team
members also worked on the third annual Hawaiian International
Education Week, an Ethics Forum on Corruption, and Biz World,
which took business ideas and techniques into local school classrooms.
“Our vision this year is helping Hawai‘i turn around its economic
situation through free enterprise education,” said Goetz. To
do it, the SIFE team put together a 24-minute presentation package
and spent over hundreds of hours rehearsing and refining the
details for the competition. “It’s a great feeling to win!”
said Knobel. “This is my first year with SIFE at HPU, and I
really enjoyed presenting the part on social ethics.”
The excitement of winning radiated from each of the team members.
"I'm so happy for the SIFE at HPU team this year because we’ve
gone so far,” Disprow said.
Other team members commented on their participation. “SIFE
at HPU really means business and helping our society [adjust
to] the changes occurring all over,” said Reyes. “We can start
by becoming financially independent and learn how to invest
“At one of the local elementary schools we had a tremendous
impact on the lives of the children in the sixth grade class,”
said Manning. “One student I worked with on the Biz World project
had his self-esteem soar and discovered what he had was worth
“We clearly have a very multitalented team, and what they have
contributed to Hawai‘i and the world is remarkable,” added Francine
Lowell, communication instructor and SIFE co-advisor with Ken
Schooland, associate professor of economics.