Team History

The Susquehanna University (SU) SIFE team was founded in March of 2002, and since then it has grown into one of the most active and academically rewarding opportunities available at our university.

In January of 2002, three students eager to start a competition service-learning organization within the Sigmund Weis School of Business (SWSB) approached former DeanJames Brock with their idea. He had recently heard about SIFE and was excited to have a SIFE team on campus. Dr. Brock offered full support of their efforts toestablish the SU SIFE team. In March, a small group of approximately 9 students gathered in a lounge in the SWSB and opened their minds to what lay ahead. In their first year, SU SIFE had a profound impact on their extended community through their nine outreach projects. The team was named 2004 Regional Champions and Rookie of the Year. The former qualified us to attend and compete at SIFE's 2004 National Competition and Exhibition, where we were named a National Rookie of the Year and second runners-up in the opening round of competition.

In 2005, SU SIFE expanded our membership and continued expanding projects to reach our community. The team was again named Regional Champions and advanced to the National Competition for the second year in a row. At the 2005 National SIFE Competition and Exhibition, SU SIFE was named second runner-up in the opening round of competition.

In our third year of competition, SU SIFE continued to prosper. Membership increased to 30 active members and the team successfully completed 13 outreach projects. Winning the title of 2006 Regional Champions in Philadelphia, the team traveled to Kansas City, MO to once again compete at the National Level.

During the 2006-2007 academic year, SU SIFE went from 18 to 50 active members and had an increase in gross media impressions of over 200%. SU SIFE began its first international projects, and completed three. SU SIFE was once again named Regional Champions in Philidelpha and competed in National Competition in Dallas, TX. SU SIFE reached its highest placement to date, and was named first runner up in their league.

In the 2007-2008 academic year, SU SIFE accomplished many of its goals. We once again had a membership increase, and focused on increasing our direct impact. SU SIFE travelled to Philadelphia for regional competition and were named regional champions. National competition took place in Chicago where out team competed once again.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, SIFE has already begun work to sustain our reputation of being a team to watch out for at competitions. Projects have been expanded to reach outside of our local community and SU SIFE is expanding a number of projects internationally.

During the 2010-2011 SIFE year, Fran Brzyski assumed the leadership role as the team’s president with Robert Ryan, Kati Frantz, Lacey La Manna, and Brett Moyer serving as his Executive Committee members. With the support of 65 active members, the team completed 19 projects that generated 1,541 hours of service and impacted 17,363 people directly and 1,589,414 in directly.  New projects included the GBP Fashion and Networking Initiative, Ashburn’s Ark, Lending a Helping Hand to Regent’s College, and SU SIFE Haven. The Regional Competition was held in Philadelphia, where the team received Regional Champion status.  Later in the spring, the team traveled to Minneapolis, MN, and participated in the SIFE USA National Exposition competition. At the national level, the SU SIFE Team won third place in the Best Legacy Contest (competing with hundreds of other teams rom the US).  Members of the team earned the recognition for its legacy project SCI (State Correctional Institute at Coal Township), a project in which SU SIFE students work with prison inmates and support their future success upon release.  The project also targets the prevention of recidivism.    

Under the leadership of Robin Carey, the 2011-2012 SIFE Team continued the success of the program by engaging 78 active members who spent 2,769 hours on 21 projects that impacted 17,751 people directly. Executive Committee members included Lacey LaManna, Hadley Eisenbaumer, Bill Davis, and Taylor Morrow.  New projects for the year included the Crusader Club Connection, Karagwe Rural Women’s Education initiative, Seniors Meet Cyberspace, and the Stefanovige 5 K Run.  Financially, the Team benefited from campus funding, the annual golf tournament, and a Truehero Grant.  The Team also won Regional Champion honors in Baltimore and then went on to compete at the national level in Kansas City, MO.

In 2012-2013, SU SIFE celebrated its 10th Anniversary on campus as well as changing its name to Enactus, a term suggesting “the power of entrepreneurship as it acts on us.” While the name change and philosophical focus took some time to embrace, the vigor and dedication of the team’s 65 active members reflected no hesitation as they engaged the skills of the 12 different members’ majors and followed the leadership of President Brett Moyer.  Brett’s executive team included Cole McClarren, Sarah Koch, Cameron Dougherty, Kara Mirarchi, and Sarah White. Collectively, the team implemented twenty projects whose members devoted 3,407 hours as they impacted 22,322 people directly and 2,008, 424 individuals indirectly. During this year, the team made its presence felt in Honduras, Tanzania, and the US. The Walk Down Wall Street project increased its impact to 5,235, the Fulfilling Dreams initiatives in the Ashburn’s Ark and Random Canyon’s projects impacted over 10,000 individuals, and the Downtown Marketplace energized several businesses in the area with the skills and visions of SU SIFE-Enactus students.  In the competitive arena, the SU Enactus Team earned Regional Champion recognition in Baltimore and First Place Runner-up in the Opening Round National Exposition in Kansas City.  Winning first place in this round was Flagler College, eventually to become the US National Champions.    

In 2013 and 2014, 50 members of the Enactus Team completed 14 projects that included 3,147 service hours and impacted 22,152 people directly and 1,105,422 people indirectly.  This year’s Executive Committee was comprised of Cameron Dougherty, Joel Murphy, Brian McDonald, Joshua Murphy, Sarah Koch, Casey Edgette, and Kristen Rice. First-year projects included Stronger Than the Storm, a fundraising event that supported victims still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and Cookie Business, an initiative that supported the Girl Scouts’ entrepreneurial skills. The Biodiesel Plant moved closer to completion, and the MAVUNO Water and Girls’ School project members raised over $5,000 for the Tanzania initiative. Likewise, the Business Advisory Board members met once each semester. This year was the first time that SU Enactus did not compete regionally as a result of Enactus’ reorganization.  However, the SU team did compete in the National Exposition competition in Cincinnati, OH, achieving finalist position in the Opening Round. Junior member Grffiin Pinkow achieved national recognition as he was named the recipient of the “Can’t Never Could Award” and was recognized before 4,000 Enactus members during the final competitions and awards ceremony at the Exposition.  Griffin won a $5,000 scholarship, and the SU Enactus team earned a $1,000 grant as a result of  ‘Griff’s story’ written by SU’s Enactus Advisor George Cravitz.  The ‘story’ celebrated Griffin, who suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, and his overcoming this incredible challenge and his contributing greatly to the team’s achievement.