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At Saint Francis, we want to provide you with plenty of opportunities to learn about business from respected leaders, participate in hands-on training, and to become involved in the community. Whether your interests include learning more about international business, managing a stock portfolio, or creating solutions for real businesses through our Small Business Development Center, there are ample opportunities to become involved and to expand your resume.
SFU’s chapter of the international, non-profit Enactus (formerly SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise) organization brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals, and industry leaders for the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. The efforts of our Enactus chapter have impacted thousands in our community; this year's team spent more than 3,000 hours designing and implementing 15 projects to help the local public. Our Enactus chapter is also award-winning; we have been the regional champion in competitions in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011!
The SEA provides students with the opportunity to compete in a national competition known as the College Federal Reserve Challenge as well as other regional competitions. The club also works on research projects, prepares editorials in local newspapers, organizes events to increase economic literacy on campus, and has taken trips to the New York stock exchange and the IMF in Washington, D.C. Select students have also participated in both undergraduate and professional research conferences.
Our chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta international honor society was founded on campus in 1995. The purpose of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.
Members of this organization manage stock portfolios and gain numerous educational opportunities by participating in programs about investing and economic trends. The club regularly hosts financial and investment seminars on campus and sponsors field trips to New York City to visit the stock exchange and other financial organizations.
The Saint Francis University Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) or the SFU SHRM Student Chapter helps to provide Saint Francis University students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the Cambria-Somerset Human Resource Association and the SHRM organization.
The SFU SHRM Student Chapter also works to promote the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members through open forums and information exchanges. Through expanded knowledge, camaraderie, respect and mutual support among chapter members and through our affiliation with the SHRM and our sponsoring chapter this organization helps to encourage the acquisition, growth and continuation of careers in human resource management.
The (EXCEL) position is designed to enhance a business student’s learning opportunity through a non-credit internship at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The student works with the Center’s consultants and staff to assist small business clients with business planning, market research, financial analysis, marketing plan development and feasibility studies. The position provides a stipend of $1,500 per semester, payable at the end of each semester.
Students are encouraged to participate in business internships to gain three to fifteen credits toward their degrees. Saint Francis has established relationships with area businesses that offer students many opportunities. Students may also pursue other internships as approved by the department chair.
The international Spring Break in London course is offered annually to undergraduate and graduate students during spring break. The group travels to London and gains unparalleled international business experience. During the trip students: are treated to an official welcome meeting at the Anglo-America Center; participate in a walking tour of the financial district of London led by a noted London journalist; go to a lecture by noted economists; receive a lecture by and tour of the Lloyds of London Insurance Exchange; receive a lecture by and tour of the Bank of England; and visit Windsor Castle. There is also free time available for additional activities including: sporting events, Jack the Ripper walking tour, day trip to Paris, museums, and theatre productions.
Annually one to three SFU first-year students receive a scholarship from the on-campus Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SEED Scholarship is designed to provide students with an enhanced learning opportunity through a professional business internship at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Selected students serve as ambassadors for the School of Business and as a knowledgeable resource to real entrepreneurs.
Named for Dr. Albert Zanzuccki, the loyal and legendary accounting professor, outstanding department chair, and successful institutional advancement associate, as an honor for his many contributions to SFU. “Dr. Zan,” as he is regarded, was honored with this living tribute to his life and work at SFU by alumni John and Sheila Connors. The endowed chair allows SFU to bring prominent business leaders and speakers to campus to lecture to our students and the community. Notable past speakers include:
This series invites successful alumni and business professionals from the region to engage in one or more days of dialogue and discussion with business students.
This annual symposium showcases the various research projects of our undergraduate business students.
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