Projects

UNL SIFE Projects (Partial List)

Pine Ridge
Tuesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Pine Ridge is the eighth largest reservation in the United Stated and it’s also the poorest. Unemployment on the reservation is 80% and 49% live below the Federal poverty level. A lot of families have no electricity, running water, telephone, or sewage. The population of Pine Ridge also has among the shortest life expectancies.
Our main goal for this project is to empower high school students within Pine Ridge. We will be conducting distance grant-writing workshops with around 40 high school seniors from Little Wound High School. Interactive PowerPoint presentations with audio will be created and sent to the school each week. These presentations will outline the various sections of grants, and they will guide students through the writing process. Worksheets and other materials will also be created. Grant writing will provide an avenue for the students of Little Wound High School to learn, grow, and help their community in very substantial ways. If you are interested in getting more information about this project please contact Ganjina Azimova at anijnag@hotmail.com.

Cross Cultural Development (CCD)
Thursdays @ 6:00 p.m.

We are taking a different approach to this project this semester. We had two SIFE members who visited Guatemala last summer with Constru Casa to build a home for a family in need. They also were very involved in the local school and saw a need. We are fundraising to purchasing a piece of land for the new school to be built on. We are also tying in an educational component to this project by creating materials for the teachers to use to increase the educational level for the students. We are taking an environmental approach to the fundraising by building small greenhouses for people to purchase with all proceeds going to the Guatemala school as well. If you are interested in getting more information about this project please e-mail Peter Sam at petersam0128@gmail.com.

Let’s Can Hunger (LCH)

LCH is a project that fights hunger initiatives. In partnership with the Lincoln Food Bank, UNL SIFE does campus wide food drives to help combat hunger in Nebraska. Our team also creates awareness about hunger throughout the community. If you are interested in getting more information about this project please contact Ganjina Azimova at anijnag@hotmail.com.

eGreen

eGreen has goals of helping businesses in Lincolns go green. UNL SIFE goes into small to medium sized businesses, assess their current processes, does some research, and then makes changes that are essential to helping the business become more eco-friendly, while saving money in the long-term. If you are interested in getting more information about this project please e-mail Peter Sam at petersam0128@gmail.com.

Ogallala Mapping
Sundays @ 7:00 p.m.

In 2009 UNL SIFE did an asset mapping project for the rural town of Ogallala, NE. An asset map is a report that identifies all the assets located in and around a certain area. After we provided this report to the Ogallala community, we were asked to identify how we could utilize these assets to advance economic development efforts. After months of research, the project team has decided to focus its efforts on three things: a mass marketing campaign in Denver, Omaha, and Lincoln, a way to develop and increase awareness of the hunting/fishing industry in Ogallala, and a way to connect businesses with tourists and each other through an online environment. After we present a recommendation report to the Ogallala community, we will start implementing it. For more information about this project please contact Doug Fernaays at dougfernaays@hotmail.com.

Mentoring Roundtables

It is vital for college students to establish networks and relationships while still in school. Mentoring Roundtables allows students to sit down with professionals from the Lincoln/Omaha community to hear their stories. The goal of this project is to partner students up with these business professionals through a mentorship or internship.

The Daily Drip

The Daily Drip is UNL SIFE’s ongoing legacy project. Started in 2001, the Daily Drip is our team’s student run coffee shop in the College of Business Adminstration. Everything from inventory, cash flow, and personel is managed by our SIFE team.  The profit generated from Daily Drip helps our team travel to Regional and National competitions every year.

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