Southwestern Enactus Team Wins Regionals


Student presenters Randelle Ntakirutimana (far left) and VIllardy Alce (far right), stand with media production director Harvey Contreras and faculty sponsor Mrs. Ana Patterson at the regional Enactus meetings.

Twenty-nine Southwestern Adventist University students recently traveled to the Enactus Regional competition and job fair in Dallas. The competitions are challenging, team-oriented events that create a sense of accountability and motivation for teams to continually improve the quality of their community projects.

This year, the presentation team made up of nine students, presented for more than 30 judges. The judges who assess the clubs are business professionals and executives from partnering corporations such as Walmart, CVS, Microsoft and Home Depot.  In total, 18 colleges and over 200 students participated in the regional event.  Wal-Mart, the presenting corporate sponsor, interviewed and selected seven students in attendance who were extended written job offers by company executives.  Of those, three were SWAU seniors.  Additional students participated in interviews for upcoming internships, residencies and training programs.

Before the excitement of the competition comes months of hard work: each Enactus team, from various colleges around the country, must develop and conduct projects to better their communities. The SWAU Enactus team won two grants this year, the Sam’s Club Step up for Small Business grant and the Walmart Women’s empowerment grant.  This enabled them to implement the projects which ranged from teaching entrepreneurship to elementary kids, empowering women and small businesses, and supporting a local non-profit that works with the learning disabled.

Last year our Enactus team won the regional competition and went on to place second in their division at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis. The national competition involves Enactus teams from colleges and universities across the United States. The recognition placed the team in the top 32 out of 181 competing colleges and universities. We’re proud to announce that our Enactus team has once again been named a regional champion and will be traveling to the Enactus National Exposition to compete this summer.

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