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06-07-2001

Clarkson Consulting Director Named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow

Marc Compeau of Potsdam, director of consulting services at the Clarkson University School of Business, has been named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for his work with Clarkson’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team.

Compeau guided the Clarkson SIFE team to a Northeast Regional Championship in Cromwell, N.Y., in March, and to a 33rd-place finish out of 800 teams at the 2001 SIFE USA National Exposition held last month in Kansas City, Mo.

Active in more than 1,000 college and university campuses in 20 countries, SIFE encourages students to take concepts they are learning in the classroom and apply them to real-life situations, and to use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects.

“I knew that Clarkson University students were bright and motivated, but the effort these students put in– for no academic credit– was amazing,” said Compeau. “I look forward to working with the same projects next year.”

The SIFE team presented a project called "Dot Kwaan." Team members worked with a tribe in Zimbabwe to educate them on the global use of the Internet and more specifically the opportunities available with e-commerce. This year, the team focused on selling the tribe’s crafts online for a profit. 

Compeau received his bachelor’s degree in industrial labor relations from SUNY Potsdam and a master’s degree in human relations from Clarkson. He has been the director of consulting services for about a year.

More than 400 Sam M. Walton fellows nationwide train and motivate more than 10,000 SIFE Team members annually. The fellowship was created in 1990 by the Wal-Mart Foundation and named for Samuel More Walton, founder and chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. is also a generous supporter of the Sam M. Walton Fellowship.

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

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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