President Anderson and Gabrielle Spica at Saxbys opening.
President Anderson and Gabrielle Spica at Saxbys opening.

A group of dignitaries were on hand for Saxbys first day of operation, January 30, at Millersville University. The Café Executive Officer (CEO), Gabrielle Spica; Saxbys Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nick Bayer; Millersville University President, John M. Anderson and Pennsylvania State Representative, Jordan Harris, an MU alum and trustee; attended yesterday’s event.

The café, in Gordinier Hall is now open for business. This is the first Experiential Learning Saxbys café in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the second in the nation to exclusively operate under student supervision.

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Representative Jordan Harris, President Anderson and Saxbys Founder, Nick Bayer

Spica, a junior communications major with an entrepreneur minor, was hired at the end of September after going through a vigorous interview process and then began commuting every weekend to begin training in Philadelphia while taking 15 credits. She officially became student CEO on Jan. 3 and will be managing and running the student-run café on campus. She was made aware of the opportunity in her Entrepreneurship class. Since the café is brand new, she played a key role in the hiring and training of the café’s 25-person team. She will receive a semester’s worth of credits as well as a stipend for running the café.

“It’s been amazing. A lot of work, but it is so worth it. Saxbys is committed to making life better for all those we serve, as well as those a part of the team,” says Spica.

Saxbys’ has partnered with Millersville’s Peter H. Slaugh, Jr. Entrepreneurship program to offer a real world experimental learning opportunity where students can earn credits toward their entrepreneurship minor.

Professor Nancy Mata has concentrated on incorporating the partnership into the Entrepreneurship program at Millersville, “I believe this type of partnership is the next step in growing the interdisciplinary entrepreneur curriculum. Millersville students will have unparalleled ownership of the entrepreneurial process of building a business from the ground up. Graduating Millersville students will have the tools to be able to help grow the regional entrepreneurial and business community of Central Pennsylvania.”

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About Saxbys
Saxbys was founded in 2005 by Nick Bayer and is based in Philadelphia. The company’s focus is on providing genuine hospitality, making a social impact and serving quality products to their guests.  In accordance with our entrepreneurial heartbeat, we actively serve our community and support the dreamers and doers. We always encourage our team to bring their full selves to work, express themselves creatively and craft a welcoming, hospitable experience. They have 12 locations in Philadelphia and made the list of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the U.S.






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