- Signature Co-Op Programs
- Internship-based Programs
- Graduate Programs
- The SOBEL Advantage
- Learning Your Way
2 semesters internship experience
and preparation for successful careers
The SOBEL Advantage:
Extensive opportunities to engage
the real world
Learning Your Way:
Rigorous academic programs that
embrace different learning styles
Welcome to the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We are leading the way to provide extended experiential learning opportunities through our Busse EPIC undergraduate programs where students graduate with 2 years of real-world work experience in just 4 years. Our rigorous business curriculum integrates international topics, entrepreneurship and ethics.
In the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership business is good. At USF, business isn’t all about spreadsheets and profit margins. Our Franciscan values will teach you how to be a shining example of what is right and good about business.
We believe that entrepreneurship and commerce can be instruments for good, that business management skills are only as useful as your values, and that the courage to do what is right defines success of any enterprise.
We offer students the opportunity to learn the key business concepts in a classroom intensive program with internships as part of the curriculum. Or, our students can choose to focus more on a Co-Op experience and receive two years of real-work experience and executive mentoring prior to graduation.
Either way at USF, Business is Good.
- Bob Lee, Dean
CEO Best Practice
The school of business recently hosted a presentation on CEO Best Practice at the north campus of the University of Saint Francis. Larry Weigand, CEO of Weigand Construction Co., Inc., moderated 10 panelists consisting of presidents and chief executive officers representing fields of publishing, marketing, healthcare, construction, party supplies, software, and manufacturing.
The panelists discussed their personal career challenges and what to expect with potential employees. Students from the audience were able to interact with questions and were attentive for the full hour and a half. Resources and leadership tools presented to the students will hopefully maximize their own potential for a successful business and workplace experience.
Through the EPIC Honors Program students gain real work experience through progressive professional experiences. Partnering with Fort Wayne region employers, students are gaining the vital skills needed to be competitive in the workplace. "My co-op experience better prepared me for a job and made me more appealing to potential employers, as I became a professional while still in school." -Zach Baron, three-year Indiana Michigan Power business co-op student.
The 5th annual EPIC (Entrepreneurial Program with Integrated Cooperatives) orientation weekend for the school of business began Thursday, July 18. The new freshmen were greeted by Liz Unger, Director of Experiential Learning and Dr. Joe Steensma, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs.
The main focal point of the weekend is to bond with each other and collaborate on completing a project covering their weekend experience - a highlight of their weekend using the University of Saint Francis technology.
Group participation included visits and activities to a TinCaps minor league baseball game at Parkview Field, Weaver Popcorn Company in Van Buren, Sweetwater Sound Inc., Fort Wayne, and Life Line Youth & Family Services Inc. in Pierceton, Indiana, where they participated in an indoor high rope course and climbing wall. The teams built trust, confidence, and communication by getting to know each other through a variety of activities.
Sunday morning the students were able to view and present their EPIC videos to each other including the Dean of the School of Business, Robert W. Lee. Students signed their contracts and met with parents to venture back home and enjoy the rest of the summer before returning back to the university.
April 10, 2014 Business Plans are DUE
April 11, 2014 Top Teams are announced
April 17, 2014 Presentation night at North Campus
Travel to Europe!
Our School is hosting a European trip next year on May 17th - 27th. If you are interested, stop by our office and see Liz Unger for questions; deadline is near.
Our EPIC Programs