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(Mahwah) – Dr. Thierry Rakotobe-Joel, an assistant professor of management at Ramapo College of New Jersey, has been named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for his leadership of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team at the college. Active on more than 1400 college and university campuses in 33 countries, SIFE encourages students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, and to use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects.

Under the direction of Dr. Thierry Rakotobe-Joel, the Ramapo College SIFE Team presented its educational outreach projects at the 2003 SIFE Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair held April 7 in New York City. The team won two awards for Rookie of the Year” and 2nd Runner Up” ahead of the team from Penn State University. The students presented their program to a panel of local and national business leaders and entrepreneurs who rated the overall effectiveness of each team’s efforts. Regional champions named at 22 competitions held around the country will present their projects at the 2003 SIFE USA National Exposition, hosted by the Kansas City Business Community, May 11-13 in Missouri. The national champion in the four-year division will travel to Mainz, Germany, to compete at the SIFE World Cup 2003, October 12-14.

More than 400 Sam Walton Fellows nationwide train and motivate more than 30,000 SIFE Team members annually. The Fellowship was created in 1990 by the Wal-Mart Foundation and is named for Samuel More Walton, founder and chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. We are proud that the Walton family invited SIFE to use Mr. Walton’s name to give the Free Enterprise Fellows a standard by which to lead and be recognized,” said Alvin Rohrs, President & CEO of SIFE. The Sam M. Walton Fellows inspire their students and are America’s most effective teachers of free enterprise.”

Founded in 1975, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprises.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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