April 15, 2013 - On Monday, April 8, 2013, the CSUB Enactus team competed in and won the 2013 Southwest Regional Competition for Enactus USA. Formerly known as SIFE, or Students in Free Enterprise, Enactus is an international organization that highlights university student-created service projects and hosts regional, national and international competitions for students to present their projects for judgment. With over 30,000 participating students globally, Enactus is one of the largest student-oriented organizations in the world.
This year the CSUB team, comprised of approximately 50 students, focused on "Advancing Business Concepts" through the entry of 74 separate projects designed by students from both the main campus as well as the satellite campus in Antelope Valley. The areas of accounting, finance, management, marketing and corporate social responsibility were represented by the student projects at this yearís competition. For each of these projects, a team of students began with an academic topic, with which they researched recent information regarding the topic and found a need in their communities where they could apply the methods and principles learned in the classroom regarding said topic in order to make a difference.
"I take great pride in the success of students," said Dr. Soraya Coley, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at CSUB. "We at CSUB are devoted to preparing them to contribute to our regionís growth and advancement beyond their particular major. Their advancement in this competition is just one more example of the quality education and the committed faculty we have at CSUB."
Logging in more than 3,600 hours of student service over the past 12 months, the CSUB Enactus team has done an excellent job of representing their school and applying textbook topics to practical learning opportunities. The teamís combined work represents approximately $2.3 million in economic gain to the recipients of the projects. The regional win has moved the team onward to represent CSUB at the Enactus USA National Competition from May 21-23 in Kansas City.
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