Rollins Inducted into the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society

Rollins becomes the first college in Florida to host a chapter of the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Society.

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Rollins recently debuted a chapter of the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, inducting 20 students, four faculty, six entrepreneurs, and four honorary members. Guest speakers at the Rollins induction ceremony included Ron Ben-Zeev, founder and CEO of World Housing Solutions, Julie Colombino ’18MBA, founder and CEO of REBUILD Globally, and Nicole Hall-Elser ’18, co-founder/CEO of BatterEASE. Rollins is the first college in Florida to host a chapter of the organization.

Sigma Nu Tau is the only academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship. The organization was established in 2009 at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Its mission is “to promote, recognize and reward students, faculty members and entrepreneurs who have excelled in the study of entrepreneurship or who are exemplary models of principled entrepreneurship.”

Members of this honor society are selected by the Department of Social Entrepreneurship based on the eligibility requirements. In order to join this honor society, students majoring in social entrepreneurship must demonstrate a strong entrepreneurial spirit, meet a GPA requirement, and be in their third year or higher. Similarly, entrepreneur-  and faculty-inducted members serve as exemplary models of honor and integrity who have enhanced the study of entrepreneurship. There is one induction ceremony each academic year.

The ceremony ended with words of congratulations by Rollins President, Grant Cornwell, who was inducted as an honorary member.

“I am very proud of the students inducted into Sigma Nu Tau,” says Cornwell. “They are practical problem solvers using their liberal education and creative intelligence to go after some of the most intractable global issues. They are energetically putting their Rollins education to work in the world.”

Students in social entrepreneurship professor Josie Balzac’s Strategies for Changemakers course worked with local nonprofit  Fleet Farming to transform residential lawns into organic micro-farms that decrease greenhouse-gas omissions. Photo by Scott Cook. Students in social entrepreneurship professor Josie Balzac’s Strategies for Changemakers course worked with local nonprofit Fleet Farming to transform residential lawns into organic micro-farms that decrease greenhouse-gas omissions. Photo by Scott Cook.

This is not the first time Rollins has been recognized for its commitment to social entrepreneurship. In 2012, the College was designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, a distinction given to institutions advancing social innovation within higher ed. Rollins was the first among liberal arts institutions in the South and the first among all colleges in Florida to be designated by Ashoka U, an organization that supports a network of more than 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs addressing social challenges in nearly 90 countries.

The ceremony ended with words of congratulations by Rollins’ president, Grant Cornwell, who was inducted as an honorary member.

“I am very proud of the students inducted into Sigma Nu Tau,” says Cornwell. “They are practical problem solvers using their liberal education and creative intelligence to go after some of the most intractable global issues. They are energetically putting their Rollins education to work in the world.”

This year’s student inductees include Ryan Abronski ’20, Reed Andary ’21, Alexander Arbit ’20, Brittany Chaney ’20, Michael Crossett ’21, Michael DeNunzio ’20, Tatiana Fagen ’21, Ronald Fallows III ’20, Christianna Rose Gess ’20, Sabrina Gonzalez ’20, Hannah Jackson ’21, Bradford McClure Johnson Jr. ’20, Kalese Justice ’20, Benjamin Baker Koch ’20, Dahlia Arado Lilleslatten ’20, Sydney Rock ’20, Genia Sprinkle ’21, Sophie Violet Stavisky ’20, Laura Tobin ’21, and Rhys J. Wick ’20.