The Saint Francis University chapter of the Enactus international small business club competed at the Annual National Exposition in Kansas City, MO on May 21, 2018. This tournament followed a regional championship win in March 2018 in Philadelphia, marking over eleven consecutive years of proceeding to national competition.
“Enactus” is an acronym for ENtrepreneurs taking ACTion for US. The club is backed by large corporations such as Unilever, WalMart, and Hershey’s and is intended to enable business students to apply classroom knowledge via philanthropic endeavors and community service. College Enactus chapters compete for national rankings while also enabling members to participate in job fairs and scholarship opportunities.
This year, the Saint Francis University team showcased a number of community service projects, including providing assistance to fundraisers “Patched Together” (a benefit for the Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch) and “Giving for Guinea” (a benefit to support a fledgling school for girls in western Africa), and administering Jamaican International Microloan Initiative (JIMI), which has been providing zero interest loans to Jamaican entrepreneurs for six years.
The Saint Francis Enactus team concluded national competition in a first round elimination, but returned from national competition with a $5000 BNY Mellon Project Grant, Project Management recognition for team BNY Fellows Alexandra Evans and Amanda Balas, and high-level job/internship offers for a number of team members. Team Co-Advisor Ms. Nicole Bauman was honored with induction into the prestigious Sam Walton Fellow Hall of Fame, recognizing over a decade of her dedicated service to the SFU Enactus team.
These accomplishments added to a busy and prosperous year for the team, which included recognition as Saint Francis University Student Government Association Club of the Year and Community Engaged Administrator for Ms. Bauman. SFU Enactus helped raise $4000 in donations for their adopted school in Guinea, $18,000 for the Healing Patch (in conjunction with the Patched Together Committee) and provided support for the MS Society, and the Superflash Superhero Week (for Second Chance Fundraising). Enactus also supported the Annual Saint Francis University Business Day, a free academic competition for regional business students from a number of area high schools.
The Saint Francis Enactus team is housed in the Shields School of Business under the leadership of Dean Dr. Randy Frye and Associate Dean Dr. John Miko. The team is advised by Ms. Nicole Bauman, Associate Director of Graduate Business Programs, and Mr. Kent Tonkin, Assistant Professor of MIS and HR. This year’s competition team included outgoing senior (and past President ) Brooklynne Summers, new President Gregory Heider, Vice-President Hannah Retherford, Kenneth Brumbaugh, Nicole Hoover, Nicholas Mauro, Kaitlin Krevel, Elliot Biddle, Celeste Azzari, and Alexandra Evans.
For more information about the Saint Francis University Enactus Team, please visit: www.francis.edu/enactus or contact Ms. Nicole Bauman at email@example.com or Mr. Kent Tonkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Enactus International, please visit: http://enactus.org/