Canisius Enactus Wins Regional Competition

BUFFALO, NY ― Canisius Enactus (formerly SIFE) was selected league champion at the Chicago Regional Enactus Competition on Friday, April 12. The team now advances to the National Exposition which takes place May 21-23 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Canisius Enactus team includes the following students:

  • Kristin  DeRose ’14
  • Derrick Geschwender ’14
  • Tony Mangiola ’13
  • Jacquelyn Luisi ’14
  • Timothy Mazurczak ’15
  • Thomas Michalewski MBA’13
  • Briana Miller ’13
  • Ryan Zimmer ’15

“I am delighted that our Canisius Enactus students once again distinguished themselves at competition,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, interim vice president for academic affairs. “This is further evidence of the high quality of our students, the excellence of our programs, and dedication of our faculty.”

Canisius Enactus students work throughout the year including summer, winter and spring The team presents a 17-minute audio/visual presentation in front of a panel of business executives to persuade the judges that Canisius is among the most effective Enactus teams in the country. This year, 42 Canisius students contributed 2,522 hours to Enactus activities and competition preparation.

“Canisius Enactus students bring passion and an entrepreneurial spirit to community economic development,” adds Patricia A. Hutton, PhD, professor of economics. Hutton founded and advises the Canisius Enactus chapter. “Their efforts do more than benefit our community.  The students develop professional skills and leadership ability that will benefit them during their careers.”

Canisius Enactus received two additional recognitions at the regional competition. For the third consecutive year, Canisius Enactus was awarded membership in the “4.0 Club” – a recognition which represents team quality and sustainability. The team also received an award for team size, as Enactus studies have shown that larger teams achieve greater success.           

Enactus teams and their projects are judged on how effectively they meet the following five criteria: Target People in Need; Consider the relevant Economic, Social, and Environmental Factors; Apply Business and Economic Concepts and an Entrepreneurial Approach; Effectively Empower its Target Audience and Improve the Quality of Life and Standard of Living for its Project Beneficiaries.

Canisius Enactus represents the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, but has members from a wide variety of majors, including from the School of Arts and Sciences. This diversity of disciplines provides a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills acquired through coursework and extracurricular activities that are essential to Enactus economic development initiatives.

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.

One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius College is the premier private university in Western New York.