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St. Petersburg City Council Honors Students & Citizen of the Month

posted on 05/17/2005

District Five Council Member James Bennett, along with St. Petersburg City Council, recognized the Eckerd College Students in Free Enterprise Team as Student Citizens of the Month and ASPEC member Dr. Virginia F. Lewis as Citizen of the Month for April 2005.

Four students from the Eckerd College Students in Free Enterprise (EC SIFE) team were recognized for recently earning first place at the Duel of the South, a regional personal financial case study competition. SIFE team members honored are Bojan Aleksic '03, Kristin Dugan '07, Arjun Malik and Brittany Kauss along with their leader and professor, Naveen Malhotra, who is the Sam W. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow and professor of management and finance at Eckerd.

Members of the EC SIFE Team are Students of the Month for April 2005. L-R: Councilman James Bennett, Mayor Rick Baker, Kristin Dugan '07, Bojan Aleksic '03, Professor Naveen Malhotra, and President Donald Eastman

Duel of the South is an invitation-only event where the Eckerd team competed for 36 hours with six other universities from Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina. They analyzed a case study about a fictional young couple with financial difficulties and their efforts resulted in a winning verbal, written and power point presentation about Eckerd College's 13-Point Financial Independence Plan. In addition, the EC SIFE teams have been regional champions eight out of the last 10 times they have participated in the SIFE USA National Exposition, held this year at the University of South Carolina.

The non-profit SIFE organization is active on 1,600 campuses in 40 countries. Working in partnership with business and higher education, SIFE aims to help students practice and learn the principles of free enterprise.

Dr. Virginia F. Lewis is a 98-year old educator who remains involved in her career, making frequent visits to Eckerd engaging students as a lecturer. She has been a member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) since 1986. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of Chicago Teachers College and Northwestern and Harvard Universities. Her teaching and administrative career experience spans the roles of teacher, principal, district superintendent and assistant superintendent with Chicago Public Schools. She later worked for both Nova University and Eckerd College. Dr. Lewis is a special friend to the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College.

ASPEC member Virginia Lewis is Citizen of the Month for April 2005.

In Dr. Lewis' own publication, Short Stories from a Long Career, the renowned Dr. John Hope Franklin, the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University and ASPEC Fellow since 1984, is quoted as saying "I am delighted that she has been able to share with all of us some vignettes from her wonderful life." Dr. Franklin added that "As a historian, I very much appreciate and value the perspectives as well as the knowledge and experiences that Virginia Lewis has to offer." Dr. Lewis shared 71 years of marriage with her husband, Dr. Robert Lewis, who was also a teacher, principal, district superintendent and college professor.

St. Petersburg City Council started Citizen of the Month & Student Citizen of the Month program in March 2004 to honor citizens each month for their community involvement, leadership and efforts to improve life in the city of St. Petersburg.

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