Student Organization Formerly Known as ‘SIFE’ Embraces Name Change

October 8, 2012 by University of La Verne

The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), including the University of La Verne’s own SIFE team, have announced that their name has changed to Enactus.

In an effort to reaffirm its commitment to “using entrepreneurial action as a catalyst for progress,” the new name was revealed on September 30, 2012 by SIFE International at the start of the SIFE World Cup in Washington D.C.

The new name highlights three tenets of the organization’s focus:

entrepreneurial—having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity;

action—the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed;

us—a collection of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.

While the mission of SIFE has remained consistent since its inception in 1975, the goal of the name change is to typify the work of the organization, whose leaders believe it will better reflect the goals of entrepreneurs in action for a greater good.

La Verne’s SIFE team, led by Associate Professor of Management Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, has been instrumental in the development of entrepreneurial minds for several years and most recently has enjoyed great success on and off campus.

From collecting more than 59 tons of food during their “Let’s Can Hunger” project to winning their regional competition last April at the 2012 SIFE USA Western Regional Competition, the student organization has proven to be a valuable asset to the La Verne community.

Click here to learn more about the official name change.

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