PLANO, Texas– Twenty Westminster College students, accompanied by school of business faculty David Smith and Keith Bittel, were named regional champions after competing in the Enactus regional competition in Plano, TX this past April. Enactus is an international not-for-profit organization that brings together college students, academics and business leaders for the purpose of using entrepreneurial action to empower economically disadvantaged people around the globe in order to create a more sustainable world.
During the competition, teams of students present results from a service learning project completed during the academic year to a diverse panel of judges and other competing teams. The students are also required to defend their projects by fielding questions from the judges following the presentation.
Westminster’s Enactus team presented results from two service projects started by previous teams; the Employment and College Planning Workshop and the Campus Community Connection. The team were able to educate more than 200 local high school students about resume writing, interviewing skills and applying to college through the Employment and College Planning Workshop. The goal of the Campus Community Connection was to increase communication and engagement between students and community members.
“The students also presented plans for future social entrepreneurship projects that Westminster Enactus hopes to undertake during the upcoming year,” said Bittel, lecturer at Westminster College. “These plans include working with an economic development agency to promote a farmers market, partnering with a non-profit coffee shop operated by a local social service agency and conducting a professional clothing collection drive to aid another local social service agency that works with women in need.”
Westminster’s Enactus team was comprised of the following students: Carina Burns, Keely Flynn, Jarod Forsythe, Kevin Hart, Morgan Hartzfeld, Allison Iorio, Erin Keich, Nataleigh Kerr, Carey Kimball, Richard Klose, Caitlynn Kreider, Seth Magee, Matthew McDonald, Nolan Moffett, Taylor Moon, Megan Peluso, Elizabeth Smith, Sarah Snyder, Shelby Wood and Daniel Ziegler.