The multidisciplinary UMKC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) student chapter has a new name, ENACTUS. The announcement about the national SIFE name change that will affect all SIFE student chapters in the world came at the team’s annual celebration on October 30th. As their faculty advisor Cary Clark explained, a review of the current name found that “the SIFE name and brand did not effectively express this to the general public on a global basis, and the name did not translate well in all cultures.” Because of this a national decision was made and SIFE will be known henceforth as ENACTUS. “Enactus articulates entrepreneurship, action, and commitment from a worldwide collection of students,” Clark said. “It is a name that proactively articulates the core values of the organization. It is a name that has a shared meaning around the world.” Several School of Computing and Engineering students have participated in ENACTUS over the past few years. A highlight for those participating in ENACTUS has been the opportunity to go to China. Since 2009, the multidisciplinary team has taken its entrepreneurial skills to China, where they have helped Chinese students interested in studying in the U.S. learn about the culture and education process.
The UMKC SIFE team was named Regional Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition held March 26-28 in Chicago. The event is one of 12 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April. SIFE members are from several different UMKC programs and SCE is proud that several SCE students are SIFE members. One SCE student was on the Chicago presentation team. “I am thrilled to have won the regional competition four years in a row,” Sam Walton Fellow Cary Clack said. “We have a strong cadre of talented individuals and a solid portfolio of projects. I knew we were going to win. The presentation team did a fantastic job.” For pictures and more information see the UMatters article and/or the Bloch School news post.