From left, Tracy Brenner, Nicholas March, Brittany Lapp, Amber Sherrock,
Jennifer Fourhman and Brittany Woodruff

Student business group earns regional championship

Shippensburg University’s student Enactus group is regional champions thanks to their presentation at the Baltimore 2013 Enactus Regional Competition March 22. The event was one of 10 Enactus USA Regional Competition being held across the United States.     

Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise or SIFE, stands for "entrepreneurial action us." It is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,600 university campuses in more than 38 countries. Enactus teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that meet the Enactus criteria. The projects are then judged at competitions on creativity, innovation and effectiveness. 

Shippensburg’s presentation team consisted of Jennifer Fourhman (subbing for Ryley Behm), Nicholas March, Amber Sherrock and Brittany Woodruff. Also in attendance were Brittany Lapp and Tracy Brenner, the group’s president. 

Shippensburg’s 18-member team worked on five projects throughout the year, including one that involved travel to Belize where five members worked with orphanages. “All of these children have been abused or neglected. We worked on various ways to raise their self-esteem, and team building, as well as provided them with ways to make an income once they leave the house,” said Brenner.  

For another project, the group taught budgeting lessons to local middle and high schools students. Other projects include creating and advertising the website OffCampusSurfer.com, creating a marketing plan for Christ United Methodist Church in Shippensburg and helping the campus food provider Chartwells go green. 

The team has a history of success in regional and national competitions. Since the club began competing eight years ago, it has made it to the national competition six times. In 2008, it placed in the top 20 schools nationally. The regional win means the team will advance to the national Enactus USA Exposition May 21 to 23 in Kansas City, Mo. 

“I think the success reflects back on the character of Shippensburg. We (Enactus) receive a lot of support from the (Grove) College of Business and the community. It motivates us to keep doing what we are doing,” said Brenner.  

According to Dr. John Kooti, dean of Grove College, “This program is excellent for Ship students since it provides them the opportunity to put theories to work, and apply written and oral communication skills while assisting their community and help making the world a better place. The team accomplished five projects serving communities across the globe and their performance in Baltimore was exceptional. I am very proud of them and their accomplishments during the year. I am also very grateful for the support given to our students by the (university) administration, friends, alumni, and business leaders.”