Erskine SIFE is now Enactus Erskine

Posted on November 6, 2012

The Erskine College chapter of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) has been active on the campus for several years, with Erskine teams attending SIFE competitions and gaining recognition at both regional and national events.

This year, the SIFE organization, which operates nationally and internationally, has undergone a name change and is now known as Enactus. Accompanying the change of name is a change in overall focus.

The organization’s website offers an explanation of the change: “Students in Free Enterprise, the world’s best-known and most successful program helping university students to create community empowerment projects, has changed its name to Enactus to reaffirm its long-standing commitment to using entrepreneurial action as a catalyst for progress.”

Erskine’s chapter is is led by senior Kevin Ussery. “So far, the non-profit Enactus is active in 39 countries and 1,600 universities, with more than 57,000 students,” he said. “The main goal of Enactus is to increase the quality of life and standard of living for those in need.”

Enactus sponsored its first on-campus event this fall with “Suited for Success,” a job skills workshop. Covering the basics of creating a resume and interview etiquette, the event included mock job interviews and offered editing of resumes for students who attended.

During this academic year, Enactus at Erskine will be working on a fashion show, providing support to Greenwood businesses, and working toward a regional competition scheduled for March 30. Ussery said the organization’s membership is currently open. Interested Erskine students may contact him at kussery@erskine.edu