Business Professor Three-Peats as Free Enterprise Fellow

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Posted: May 24, 2001

Dr. Emmeline de Pillis, an assistant professor of management in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo School of Business has been named a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team at UH Hilo. This is the third consecutive year that de Pillis has earned the prestigious honor.

SIFE, which is active on more than 1000 college and university campuses in 20 countries, encourages students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations, and to use that knowledge to improve their communities through educational outreach projects.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo SIFE Team under the direction of de Pillis presented its educational outreach projects at the 2001 SIFE Regional Exposition and Career Opportunity Fair held April 5th in Honolulu, where the team was named first runner-up. Teams were judged on the effectiveness of their projects during a 24-minute presentation and were evaluated on creativity and innovation, results of education programs, success in utilizing resources and documentation of activities.

"This year the competition was much tougher than in previous years. UH Hilo taking first runner-up reflects our team's effective and well-coordinated outreach in the East Hawaiʻi community," de Pillis noted. "The UH Hilo SIFE team's many activities included working with Junior Achievement to teach school children about economics and personal finance, conducting free community seminars on marketing, use of credit and ADA compliance," de Pillis added.

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. More than 400 Sam M. Walton Fellows nationwide train and motivate over 10,000 SIFE Team members each year.