March 22, 2013
The Saint Francis Enactus team (formerly known as SIFE) won its fifth straight regional championship in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, March 20. This is the eighth regional championship the team won during the past eleven years. The team will now advance to the national competition in Kansas City in May.
Eighteen collegiate teams from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic competed in four different leagues. The Saint Francis Enactus team gave a flawless presentation about the many community outreach projects they undertook throughout the year, including: "War to Entrepreneur", "Invest in Success", "Business Day", and "JIMI (Jamaican Microloan Initiative)" to fifteen corporate judges.
To support their efforts and travel the team uses institutional Enactus funds from the Dr. Albert Zanzucci Endowed Chair in Business Administration Program, and also raised several thousand dollars from regional corporations and grants.
Enactus' mission for educating and empowering others fits perfectly with the School of Business' mission of having a head for business and a heart for Franciscan service.
The students who traveled to the competition included: Cullen Frye (President), Matthew Jurjevich (presenter), Jake M. Smith (presenter), Jake Markley (Treasurer), Andrew Sieber, Grant Price, Jenna Flynn (Vice-President), Andreia Parada, Lauren Capozzi (Marketing Director), Leah Kessler (Secretary and presenter), Rosie Clark (presenter), Kilee Bumgardner (presenter), Alanna Figula (presenter), Diane Luther, Christina Daugherty, Ashley Creamer and Alyssa Springer.
Dr. John Miko, associate dean of the School of Business and associate professor; Ms. Betsy Lehman, assistant professor of marketing; Ms. Nicole Bauman, coordinator of graduate programs; and Dr. Randy Frye, dean of the School of Business and professor, serve as Sam Walton Fellows and advise the team. Enactus began at Saint Francis in 1998. Several students have landed jobs with leading companies who recruit through Enactus, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.