Dr. Susan Jensen
SIFE adviser, 308.865.8189

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team took two top awards, Rookie of the Year and First Runner Up, and Dr. Susan Jensen, the SIFE faculty adviser, was named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow during regional competitions held in St. Louis, Mo., earlier this month.

“The team matched its educational outreach projects against other SIFE teams at the 2004 Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair, and a panel of judges honored UNK SIFE with two top awards,” Dr. Jensen said. “This is a tremendous accomplishment. I couldn’t be prouder of these students.”

According to Dr. Jensen, SIFE encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, using their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects.

“The UNK SIFE team was just formed in October of 2003, but it has already had an impact on the region through its workshops and activities directed at elementary, middle school, high school and college students,” she said.

“The team’s awards reflect not only their hard work and dedication throughout the school year in completing quality projects, but also their efforts in putting together a strong written annual report and oral presentation,” Dr. Jensen said. “The judges were most impressed with the team’s dedication and creativity.”

Members of the UNK SIFE team are listed below. Those with an asterisk after their names attended the St. Louis competition:

Aurora – Susan Breese
Blue Hill – Jodi Johnson*
Elmwood – Danae Wolcott
Grant – Shawn Kreis*, vice president
Kearney – Katie Mack; Julie Newman*, president; Brandy Rasmussen, secretary; Sarah Teply
McCook – Julie Pate*, treasurer; Erika Redfern
North Platte – Lindsey LaShell
Papillion – Brent Fay
Wakefield – Julie Becker *

Westminister – Theresa Stroumbos

Ribnita – Olga Stasishena*

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 37 countries, SIFE is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make a difference, and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

For more information, contact Julie Newman, UNK SIFE Team president, or Dr. Jensen, faculty adviser, at 308.865.8189; or Michelle West, director of Public & Media Relations, SIFE World Headquarters at 417.575.3517 or

* attended St. Louis convention