supporter and member of the SIFE team, faculty will be able to add theirinvolvement to their list of accomplishments.While all of these points are important, it is also important to remember why facultymembers are teachers. It’s not for the fame and fortune, but for the students they get toteach. The most important thing for them is knowing they have helped to shape a futurefor their students. What better way to do that than to help SIFE students developleadership, teamwork and communication skills that far exceed those of most students?
Getting Administrators (Deans, Department Chairs, Presidents) Involved WithYour SIFE Team
While having faculty support is very important, having the support of the administrationis even more important. Getting their support will make conducting your educationaloutreach projects much easier. They will also be a great advocate for you to other facultyon campus.There are four key points to highlight when meeting with administrators1.
Having a SIFE team on campus will provide them with the opportunity toreceive positive community recognition as a result of the projects the SIFEteam conducts.
A big concern for all administrators is finding funding for theirschool. Good things happening on their campus tends to result in more fundingcoming to the school whether it be from Alumni, new donors or an increase fromcurrent donors. Helping the administrator see the positive impact your team hason the community will give him/her something to promote as they meet with topuniversity officials.2.
Having a SIFE team on campus will provide them with the opportunity tonetwork with local, national and corporate business leaders at SIFE events.
SIFE has a very large network of over 1,200 college and universities and over 500corporations, entrepreneurs, individuals and foundations that financially supportSIFE. Each year, the SIFE team will have the opportunity to showcase theirprojects to a group of judges that represent SIFE donor companies. As teamsadvance through the rounds of competition, they are exposing their institution to ahigher caliber of judges. Administrators will have the chance to network with thedonor companies one-on-one during the numerous breaks and events held at thecompetitions. At any time they will be able to meet and talk to some of today’smost influential business leaders. Be sure to invite your top administration toexperience SIFE by attending a SIFE competition.3.
Having a SIFE team on campus will provide a valuable learning experienceto the students.
One of the best things about SIFE is it is open to every studentregardless of their major. SIFE students are able to take what they have learned inthe classroom and actually apply that knowledge to educate others in theircommunity. By creating projects based on classroom knowledge, SIFE studentsare able to really demonstrate they understand what they have learned. Studentsthat participate in SIFE are really learning how to be part of a team. Through2