JUNE 17, 2009


Rose State College Students Champion Business, Philanthropy

Photo of Rose State College business students with awards.
The Rose State College members of Students in Free Enterprise pose with the college’s Student Life award. Back row, left to right: Austin Hayes, Matthew Smith and Matthew Dan. Front row, left to right: Suzanne Jackson, Erin Parker and Allan Cich.

The Rose State College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, carried the Oklahoma flag as the first community college in Oklahoma to rise to the national championship.

A presentation team of six RSC students traveled May 10-12 to the SIFE National Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa., where they became the first Oklahoma community college students to compete nationally against other top teams from around the country.

Dara Hays, RSC Sam Walton professor of business, said the students presented an annual report of their charitable work, business activities and academic performance before top business managers acting as judges, from Campbell’s, Kellogg’s, Wal-Mart, Dell Computers, Pepsi, Frito-Lay and other major companies.

“What a wonderful experience! The students were great,” Hays said. “This is our first time at Nationals. Next year we will come back with the trophy!”

Rose State became the first Oklahoma two-year college to rise to national recognition in Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE regional competition, in Dallas April 6.