The Erskine College chapter of Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise or SIFE, finished as first runner-up in its league at the Enactus Regional Competition March 20 in Charlotte, N.C.
Seventeen teams from schools in the southeast gave presentations highlighting projects their chapters had begun during the past year. The Erskine team’s presentation, under the leadership of graduating senior Kevin Ussery, focused on three initiatives: promoting sustainability, teaching ethics to elementary school students, and collecting soccer cleats for children in third world countries.
The Enactus site describes the organization as “A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more stainable world.”
Enactus emphasizes leadership development and community service activities for college students. There are Enactus chapters on some 1,600 campuses in 38 countries.
Students on the competition team, in addition to Ussery, who serves as president, were Graham Martin, vice president; Katie Busbee, treasurer; Nicholas Westhead, secretary; Sachini Bandara; J.P. Duncan; Brock Sherrod; and Anna Thies.
The Erskine team was accompanied by Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration Dr. John Abraham, a Sam Walton Fellow who serves as an advisor to the chapter. Assistant Professor of Business Administration Karen Mattison is also an advisor to the group.