October 2017

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Entrepreneurship major & minor programs growing! 
Dear ,
  It appears that colleges and universities are increasingly adding degrees, majors, concentrations, and minors in entrepreneurship!  This trend is a reflection of our current economy in which the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses has been on the rise for the past several years. Consistent with this trend, Sigma Nu Tau has also grown steadily since it began chartering chapters in 2011.  There are now approximately 1375 Sigma Nu tau members in 23 chapters, which are located in 14 states and the District of Columbia! 

   In January 2017, the Sigma Nu Tau board voted to change its constitution to allow schools offering an entrepreneurship minor to petition to establish a Sigma Nu Tau chapter if the minor includes 15 credits of strictly entrepreneurship courses.  So if your school offers an entrepreneurship major, study option, concentration, or minor, please consider starting a Sigma Nu Tau chapter!  If you act quickly, we can still schedule your charter presentation ceremony this semester.  Please visit our newly designed website to find out how to start a chapter, to download forms, and to read about the benefits of membership.

    We take great pride in offering our chapters and members greater value every year.  The deadline has just passed for applying for one of four $1250 scholarships in the 1st Annual Sigma Nu Tau Scholarship Program. Judging will take place over the next 6 weeks, scholarship winners will be announced by November 17, 2017, and scholarships will be awarded by December 2017.  The purpose of the program is to foster and recognize academic excellence in entrepreneurship.  Applicants must be a student member of Sigma Nu Tau with at least one semester of studies remaining after the fall 2017 semester, and they must maintain the Sigma Nu Tau membership GPA requirement of 3.2 for undergrads and 3.5 for graduate students. Selection criteria include: (1) demonstration of excellence and initiative involving principled entrepreneurship; involvement and promotion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem; participation in internship(s) - 50 pts.; (2) demonstration of community involvement - 25 pts.; and (3) demonstration of involvement in chapter activities & building awareness of their school's Sigma Nu Tau chapter - 25 pts.  

     If you would like to establish a chapter at your university so that you can recognize outstanding students, faculty members, entrepreneurs, and honorary members, please visit our website (SigmaNuTau.org) and check out our Facebook page to learn more about the process. Or give me a call to discuss it!
Wishing you a colorful fall, 
Nancy J. Church, Ph.D.
President and Executive Director
Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society
(518)-564-4169     SigmaNuTauEntHonorSociety@gmail.com
P.S.  Does your school have any news that you would like us to include in the next issue of our e-newsletter?  If so, please send it to me at churchnj@plattsburgh.edu or SigmaNuTauEntHonorSociety@ gmail.com or post your news on the Sigma Nu Tau Facebook page!

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Stop by our booth at the USASBE conference in Hollywood from January 10-14, 2018!
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Proud to Welcome
the Following Chapter to the Sigma Nu Tau Family:  

23rd Chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Chartered
at Western New England University!

On Friday, May 5, 2017, Western New England University, a comprehensive private institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts, received its Sigma Nu Tau charter on its beautiful campus. Two faculty members and five student members were inducted as  charter members. Among those inducted include Dr. Mary Schoonmaker, faculty advisor, and Dr. Joe Gerard, faculty secretary. 

Western New England, which was established in 1919 and became a university in 2011, has excellent business programs  offered at the College of Business. Western New England University has a strong entrepreneurship major, which offers two tracks: the entrepreneurial track and the intrepreneurial track. The College of Business also has an active entrepreneurship club, as well as the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Center encourages entrepreneurial thinking not only within the College of Business, but throughout all of the University's departments.  The business school ensures that its students will receive an outstanding education that will prepare them for a successful career.
Upcoming Business Competitions 
Around the Country

Business competitions are an excellent way of gaining experience, feedback, publicity, and funds for new entrepreneurs. Here is a list of five upcoming business competitions:


(1) CodeLaunch
 An a nnual seed accelerator for people and groups with ideas for "apps" who are seeking seed funding. Applications open January 1, 2018. http://www.codelaunch.com/Home/Index                 


(2) The 4th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase

This national competition brings university students from all disciplines together to contend for the best 90-second pitch. Grand prize is $5,000.  Due date to apply: October 18, 2017. https://futurefounders.com/startup/upitch/


(3) The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge                                           This is a global competition for startups and projects solving real world problems with deep technological innovations. Applications open November 24, 2017. 


(4) UC Berkeley - LAUNCH                                                           LAUNCH is an elite startup accelerator and competition designed to transform early stage startups into fundable companies

Applications opening soon!   


(5) Student Startup Madness
Student Startup Madness is a nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, culminating with the "Entrepreneurial Eight" national finals at  South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive  in March. Due date to apply: December 1, 2017. 


                                            Good Luck!
What's  APPin'ing 

Save Contacts with the CamCard App!   

        As an entrepreneur, you make a lot of contacts at conferences and meetings. It becomes difficult to keep track of all the business cards you receive. You may even lose some of the them. Don't let this happen to you! Use CamCard, which scans your business card, records the contact information including name, phone number, email, title, company and address, and it automatically saves it into your phone or other email accounts. You can also sync data across other devices. 

This app is available on the Apple App Store  free and the cost on other mobile phones is $3.26

Mission of Sigma Nu Tau:
"To promote, recognize, honor, and reward academic excellence in entrepreneurship and to encourage and recognize the practice of principled entrepreneurship"
4 Types of Membership: 
Sigma Nu Tau Chapters
 #1 - SUNY Plattsburgh
Founding Chapter
#2 - Kent State University  
#3 -Belmont University  
#4 - California State University-San Bernardino  
#5 - Clarkson University
#6 -High Point University  
#7 - Claflin University   
#8 -Suffolk University  
#9 - Middle Tennessee State University  
#10 - Baruch College  
#11 - John F. Kennedy University  
#12 - Rowan University  
#13 - Illinois Institute of Technology
#14 - University of Baltimore  
#15 - New York Institute of Technology
#16 - The George Washington University  
#17 - Husson University
#18 - York College of Pennsylvania  
#19 - University of Iowa

#20 - North Central College 

#21 - The University of Scranton 
#22 - Harding University
#23 - Western New England University

#24 - Your school could be the next new chapter!
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Issue 30

In This Issue
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Winners of the 2nd Annual 
Video Pitch 

The participants of the 2nd Annual Video Pitch Competition were challenged to create a 2-3 minute video highlighting the learning process that takes pace when students participate in a business plan competition.


1st Place - $1,000: Harding University - Manuel Barrantes

2nd Place - $600: Clarkson University - Garrett Kopp

3rd Place - $300: Belmont University - Sarah Beth Perry

Click the links below to watch the videos!

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
-Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.
Entrepreneurship Article of Interest

3 Proven Strategies on Taking Breaks That Will Help You Become More Productive

"Every busy entrepreneur knows you have to take breaks."

1) Structure your breaks. "
Your creativity diminishes when you force yourself to work for long periods."
Helpful Tip: Try to take a five-minute break every 25 minutes.

2) A wandering mind is a productive mind. "
Studies have found that our brain activity actually increases when we let our minds wander. Research also shows that giving your brain time to rest is essential to its ability to carry out key mental processes, such as processing memories, identifying solutions and maintaining one's sense of ethics."
Helpful Tip: Try to spend your breaks doing nothing, and avoid the temptations to scroll through social media or run quick errands.

3) Synchronize your social breaks.
"Breaks can be the perfect opportunity to bond with your coworkers. In addition to strengthening your relationships, talking to your coworkers can improve your well-being and job satisfaction, and increase productivity."
Helpful Tip: If possible, try to schedule your breaks at the same times as your coworkers.
Read full article HERE
(Entrepreneur Magazine, "3 Proven Strategies on Taking Breaks That Will Help You Become More Productive," by Vanessa Van Edwards, October 2017)

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Great News!
Sigma Nu Tau announces that it began accepting all major U.S. credit & debit cards on November 15, 2016!

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Our website offers easy-to-find honor society forms and introductory information pages. The website now has step-by-step instructions for petitioning to establish a collegiate chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society at your college or university.

Visit sigmanutau.org today  

and see for yourself! 


To obtain materials to petition to start a chapter at your university & for more information about Sigma Nu Tau's mission, constitution, bylaws, or general information on the benefits of starting a chapter,

October 2017
  Issue 30
   Nancy J. Church,  Ph.D.

Associate Editor:
Katherine Bailey

Smit Pujara

Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society
SUNY Plattsburgh - AuSable Hall 208
101 Broad Street,  Plattsburgh,  NY 12901

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