Student Activities

Student Activities

The Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology has a number of student organizations and activities to add to the classroom experience. Students can manage projects, help the community, lead a team, hone their communication skills and network. If you're interested in exploring these opportunities further, please get in touch with the contact person listed.


Enactus is a global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries. Enactus is funded by financial contributions from corporations, entrepreneurs, foundations, government agencies and individuals. Working in partnership with business and higher education, Enactus establishes student teams on university campuses. These teams are led by faculty advisors and they are challenged to develop community outreach projects that reach Enactus's five educational topics:

  • Market Economics
  • Success Skills
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • Business Ethics

Enactus team members leverage their personal educational experiences, the expertise of their faculty advisors, the support of their local business advisory boards, and the resources of their institutions to implement programs that create real economic opportunities for members of their communities. The effectiveness of their programs is judged at competition. Each national Enactus organization conducts a national competition, which is judged by leaders from its business community. At competition, Enactus teams present the results of their educational outreach projects and compete to determine which team was most successful at creating economic opportunity for others. Enactus National Champion teams advance to the top level of competition, the Enactus World Cup.

In 2005-2006, Penn State Altoona's Enactus team completed five projects, one in each area of the educational topics listed above. Our Enactus team competed at the Tarrytown, NY Regional Competition, where we were awarded "Rookie of the Year" and "Regional Champion." As Regional Champ, we qualified to compete at Nationals in Kansas City, MO, where we were again awarded "Rookie of the Year" at the national level.

Given that Penn State Altoona's Enactus charter was established in January 2006, judges at both the Regional and National competitions noted, "This is going to be a team to be reckoned with!" We're looking forward to an amazing year of making a difference in our community through Enactus!

Contact: Ms. Deb Hommer or Ms. Cynthia A. Wood

Society of Business Students

The Society of Business Students (SOBS) is an organization which encourages and promotes interaction between Penn State Altoona Business students, faculty, and the business environment. We hold networking events and host guest speakers throughout the year. In addition, the SOBS is actively involved in many activities throughout the community including work at the Veterans Home and participation in I-99 cleanup activities. We encourage any business students or even those simply interested in business to join our program.

Contacts: Dr. William Englebret or Ms. Deborah Hommer, Faculty Advisors

Society of Women Engineers

Women in engineering/technology—you are a dominate force. You are simply underrepresented in the field. The Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) is dedicated to the promotion of Women in Engineering/Technology by advocating the importance of diversity and by uniting resources to encourage academic, leadership, professional, and personal excellence for the entire Engineering community of Today and Tomorrow. At Penn State Altoona, SWE also insists that you have fun in the process. This female-centered student group focuses on issues related to your success through mentoring, study groups, and networking (for internships and jobs). For those of you who will finish your education at UP, there is opportunity to get to know women engineers at UP thus making the transition that much easier. The group has a tradition of service and involvement with the local community. SWE also cosponsors events such as industry tours with other engineering groups. And it creates the ever popular tee shirt series including Top 10 Reasons to Date an Engineer, and Top 10 Reasons to be an Engineer. For more information visit SWE's national organization web site.