Success for UWS students in national 'free enterprise' competition

Date: 16/07/2002

Five University of Western Sydney students found themselves out of the frying pan and into the fire when they were chosen to give a presentation about their community projects at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday, July 13, 2002.

The presentation was part of a national competition sponsored by Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE).

SIFE encourages students to look outside the academic environment and apply their learning in a practical way, while also studying. This exposes participants to worldly realities, makes them workplace ready whilst also developing leadership skills and a sense of corporate responsibility.

The final year UWS students participated in the 'pressure cooker atmosphere' of the competition for the first time along with fifteen other Australian universities.

The students chosen for the team were:

·Julianne Christie from Kingswood - Bachelor of Economics (Honours)
·Yvette Cole from Penrith - Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)
·Tina Micevska from Bankstown - Bachelor of Environmental Science/Law
·Christine O'Donoughue from Girraween - Bachelor of Environmental Science/Law (Honours) and
·Natasha Sheedy from Springwood - Bachelor of Environmental Science

As part of the competition, the student team assembled a portfolio of projects that involved community interaction and submitted a four page written report. The projects covered included research into stormwater impacts with Penrith City Council; dust management; street sweeping with Blue Mountains City Council; and a CBD analysis for Penrith.

According to the UWS Cooperative Programs Manager, Freny Tajebjee, the students also gave a worthy 30 minute oral presentation about the projects.

"Although the UWS team did not win, they received high commendation and an award of $500 to share," Ms Tayebjee said.

"Professor Sam Adeloju, from the School of Food Science and Horticulture, was the team consultant and attended the competition as an official observer.

"The UWS students said it was a fantastic experience as they had the chance to meet students from other universities, network with recruitment staff, attend keynote speeches from business leaders and even stay at the Hilton for the weekend!"

The final competition round had a panel of 31 judges that comprised Chief Executive Officers and managing directors of leading Australian public and private sector institutions including Dick Smith Foods.

SIFE is in its 25th year in the United States, its fifth year internationally and in its third year in Australia.


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