Students from Shields School of Business represented Saint Francs University at the ENACTUS World Cup in San Jose, CA, on October 9th – 11th. Teams from 36 countries presented their student-powered community engagement and business development projects all with an emphasis on improving the world through competition and entrepreneurial action.
Saint Francis student Amanda Balas and club co-advisor Assistant Professor Kent Tonkin attended as guests of Enactus as a reward for winning a BNY Mellon project grant. They were joined by club co-advisor Ms. Nicole Bauman, a member of the Enactus faculty advisory committee, and students Alexis DeLullo and Emily Pollack.
“Enactus” is an acronym for ENtrepreneurs taking ACTion for US. The club is underwritten 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.
Alexis, Amanda, and Emily are part of the leadership for the SFU Enactus team’s newest workforce development project. Using the BNY Mellon Grant, this project will engage high-risk job seekers in central PA by providing professional development services (resume development, social media skills) and interview training. The initiative will include online “refresher” skills training, as well as a work clothing stipend for all who complete the certificate program. The workforce development project is being conducted in conjunction with core community partners Cambria County Childhood Development Corporation (CCCDC) and the First Frontier Kitchen, both of whom are recruiting participants from their constituents.
This work adds to a number of existing community service projects, including providing assistance to fundraisers such as “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 the Jamaican International Microloan Initiative (JIMI), which has been providing zero interest loans to Jamaican entrepreneurs for six years. 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 SFU Enactus team concluded national competition for the previous school year in May 2018. 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.
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.
The Enactus team is actively recruiting job seekers for the workforce development project! or more information about the Saint Francis University Enactus Team, please visit: www.francis.edu/enactus or contact Ms. Nicole Bauman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Kent Tonkin at email@example.com.
For more information about Enactus International, please visit: http://enactus.org/