A student organization at the University of Southern Maine has won a third consecutive regional championship based on a series of community-building projects designed to address social needs and support sustainable business practices.
The USM Enactus team competed in New York City recently against teams from New England and the Mid-Atlantic states to win a spot in the Enactus National Exposition, scheduled for May 21-23 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The USM Enactus team, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, has won seven regional titles since its founding in 2003.
Enactus is an international nonprofit that encourages college students to make a difference in their communities through public service while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. There are 535 teams on campuses throughout the U.S.
At last month’s regional competition in New York, a panel of executives from sponsoring corporations evaluated the USM team on the effectiveness of its 21 community-based projects completed during the academic year.
Those 21 projects included teaching financial literacy at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland; working with several local small businesses to improve their financial and operational performance; mentoring at-risk high school students to show them the value of earning their diplomas; and helping middle school girls improve their financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills.
“This group delivered a letter-perfect presentation and ably answered all the judges' questions,” said USM Professor of Business Administration John J. Voyer, the Enactus advisor and Sam Walton Fellow in the USM School of Business. “They were easily among the best presenters at the competition.”
Editor’s Note: The following students participated in the regional competition. The list includes the students’ hometowns and majors
USM Enactus 2013 Regional Championship Student Information
The presentation team at the regional competition was:
Matthew Dechaine (USM Enactus president), Madawaska, Me., Finance
Benjamin Moore, Old Orchard Beach, Me., Computer Science
Bashir Mohamed, Lewiston, Me., Double major: Accounting and Finance
Aimee Bermudez, Scarborough, Me., Double major: Finance and Marketing
Betsy Reilly, Bath, Me., Marketing
Terrance Sanborn, Hollis Center, Me., General Management
The following students, all of whom are Enactus vice presidents or project leaders, joined the presenters to assist during the judges' Q&A:
Sarah Snowman, Windsor, Me., Sustainable Business
Abigail Herling, Durham, Me., Accounting
Morgan Culver, Poland, Me., Finance
Kelsey Munksgaard, Portland, Me., Sustainable Business
The following students also traveled to the regional in NYC to provide moral support and to learn more about Enactus:
Scott Cronin, Winchester, Ma., Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Steven Falconer, Portland, Me., Risk Management and Insurance,
Andre Forrester, South Portland, Me., Accounting
Michael Schermuly, Steep Falls, Me., International Business
Steven Sadeck, Marion, Ma., Finance