UMKC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team, an interdisciplinary team with students from several UMKC School’s including the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE), achieved a level of success at the Chicago Regional Competitions never before experienced. For the first time, ever UMKC received the 2012 All Star Team Award. It was presented to UMKC SIFE advisor Cary Clark, by esteemed faculty at the Sam Walton Fellow Luncheon. Only one team from each of the eleven Regional Competitions across the country received this award. To sum it up, this means that the UMKC SIFE team was recognized as the Top Team at this Regional Competition. Cary Clark was almost speechless as the envelope was opened and the announcement was made, just like the Oscars. The team received a standing ovation from the faculty members of over 70 teams in attendance. UMKC SIFE was named the tournament’s best team, over well-known schools like Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Loyola Chicago, and the University of Illinois-Champagne Urbana. SIFE student team members attended a separate luncheon at which they ate and conversed with executives representing several U.S. top 500 companies. This gave them a rare opportunity to get career advice directly from executives at companies where they someday might like to work and have a career.
The UMKC SIFE Team, by earning Regional Champion of their league (League 7), will now go on to the National Competitions in Kansas City on May 22, 23 & 24. In addition to winning their league and the Top Team at the Regional Competition award, the team received the Club 44 Award for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes that UMKC SIFE is one of the largest teams in the U.S. The team also received the 4.0 Club Award. This award is a result of an intensive evaluation on numerous topics such as team accomplishment, the number of successful projects completed, impact in the community, the recognition received from the community, and the support that the team receives from its faculty and administration. In the past UMKC SIFE has received scores averaging 3.5, which is excellent. However a 4.0 is much more prestigious and coincidentally placed us in the top 4% of teams in the U.S.
Please join SCE in congratulating this exceptional group of students, especially our SCE team participants Kingsley Kantanka, Innocent Nsoh-Awasom and Ravi Patel. They have brought national attention to UMKC and they have demonstrated that UMKC creates academic excellence. For more information on SIFE, please contact Cary Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.