What is Enactus?
Formerly know as SIFE, Enactus is 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. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
Enactus teams present the results of their community projects annually at regional, national, and international competitions. Business executives judge the competitions and select the winners based on which teams they believe had the most impact.
The Enactus Overall Competitions (Regional, National, and International) provide teams with the opportunity to compete against each other and ultimately determine which team had the most impact improving the quality of life and standard of living for member of its community through innovative projects and team initiatives.
The competitive format consists of a written annual report and a live audio-visual presentation, which the teams present to a panel of entrepreneurs and executives who are serving as judges.
Enactus at SAU
In May 2012, ten members of the SAU SIFE Team and Sam Walton Fellow Dr. James Clark attended the SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas, Missouri. The team placed 2nd runner-up in their league on the first day of competition, ranking them as one the Top 60 SIFE teams in the country.
This year’s presentation highlighted many projects, including:
- Mulerider Pantry: It is estimated that there are more than 100 single parents currently attending SAU. With the help of our administration and support from a variety of sources, SIFE established the Mulerider Pantry. The Pantry will provide food and diapers to single parents on our campus, thus removing one hurdle to their completing their degree.
- Students Acquiring Knowledge through Entrepreneurship (SAKE): This project teaches principles of economics and free enterprise to elementary students. During their full day on our campus, attendees develop an understanding of ethical terms, discover the importance of financial responsibility, cultivate entrepreneurship by developing and marketing products, and realize the significance of a post-secondary education.
- What About B.O.B.? (Battle of Businesses): Entrepreneurially focused project based on the success of SAKE that is geared to middle school students. Participants will formally organize a business, elect officers, and develop a product and business plan which they will present to potential investors on our campus. Students will also develop marketing strategies for the products they design.
- Professional Development Month (PDM): A series of success skills training projects, targeted at college students and designed to strengthen their professionalism in order to help them get a job and ensure a seamless transition from the classroom to the workplace. SIFE members organized and facilitated more than 30 individual learning opportunities covering a wide range of topics in a variety of formats.
- Up, Up and Away: An extensively researched project aimed at motivating and empowering college dropouts to return and complete their degree. SIFE team members collected information on former SAU students over the last 10 years. They reached out to students that had completed at least 90 hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA. The program provides a single point of contact who can address any and all concerns that potential returnees might have. We are also promoting the College of Business’s new on-line degree programs.
- We Heart Magnolia: In an effort to improve the team’s local image and relationship with the local community, for the second year we implemented We Heart Magnolia. Last year, the team implemented fourteen separate community improvement projects in one day. This year, collaborating with the mayor and the president of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, they identified a single pressing need and responded to that need by refurbishing and rejuvenating the Boys and Girls Club. Over 100 students, parents, and faculty took action by creating a functioning educational computer lab and completing a variety of facility improvement projects to revive and enrich the local center for youth activity in our hometown.
Plans are already in place to continue these projects again this year. For more information on how to get involved contact Dr. James Clark at 870-235-4313 or email@example.com.