– May 3rd, 2012 by Shannon Hutchins –
Recently the Colby –Sawyer College SIFE (Students For A Free Enterprise) club participated in regional competitions in New York, and their scores qualified them to move on to Nationals which will be held in Kansas City May 21-24.
The SIFE club won the League 5 Regional Competition, and Kim Morrill, the club’s president and sophomore, believes that one of the major reasons the club won its competition was due to the fact that the club engaged in bigger and longer term sustainability projects than the competitors.
Morrill stated, “ The projects that the club presented on had a lot to do with sustainability, and the projects included plans on how to make the Danforth greenhouse more eco friendly, how to make the Charger stable more energy efficient, as well as creating plans for a wind turbine.”
Morganne Sterl, a junior and Mike Laskowski, a sophomore, both presented on how to make dorm living and off campus housing more eco friendly. Both stated that such a project was created with the hope that the college could show that it is interested in sustainability and wants to help educate the community on little ways in which they too can be eco friendly. Sterl stated that such a project shows “even though we are a small campus and college that we can still have a big impact.”
Tyler Hendrickson, a senior, was in charge of presenting the wind turbine plans along with Julianna Tang who is a freshman.
At the regional competition Morrill presented on the topic women for less waste, and she said that she presented on that topic because the club actually received a grant from the national SIFE organization.
Chao Lu, the club’s vice president, said that to prepare for the National Competition next month the club members will continue to work on and revise the projects they have been working on over the course of the past year, and they will receive feedback within the coming weeks from the judges. Such comments, he says, will help tremendously.
Hendrickson said, “The feedback will help us see what we need to improve upon for the coming competition, and the feedback will help guide the changes that they make to their projects and presentation.
Should the SIFE team garner another regional win, they would be qualified to participate in the SIFE World Cup which takes place in Washington D.C. Despite the fact that the club has never made it all the way to the World Cup, the team is “confident that we will have another good showing in Kansas City and that our bigger ideas will help differentiate ourselves from the other school’s competing.”