Southern’s Enactus team was named champions at this year’s regional competition held April 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. Enactus is a global network of students and business leaders who use entrepreneurial action to create a more sustainable world.
Southern’s Enactus team has been named regional champions every year since 2007, in addition to winning in 2002 and going on to be named semifinal Rookie of the Year at the national competition that same year.
This year’s presenters for the regional competition included Chelsea Coston, junior accounting major; Nathan Clute, junior business administration major; Carlos Rosales, junior psychology major; and Steven Oliveira, sophomore management major.
The team presented three projects: a partnership with the Tennessee-based Women at the Well ministry, fundraising efforts for Campbell Soup’s national “Let’s Can Hunger” campaign, and the temporary work agency GenLink.
Women at the Well is a Christian, long-term residential program that helps women 18 and older break life-controlling addictions and become productive citizens. Using funds from Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club grants, Enactus worked with this ministry to fulfill two objectives: empower women economically and strengthen a small business.
“The community is blessed by this ministry because when women join the program, their lives are completely transformed,” Chelsea said. “And then, when they graduate, they give back either through the same ministry or somewhere else.”
For the “Let’s Can Hunger” campaign, Southern’s Enactus team partnered with the Samaritan Center to collect 5,000 pounds of food, $5,000, or a combination of both. “Let’s Can Hunger” was a national campaign sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company, in which Enactus teams across the country competed to create the most comprehensive plan to address hunger in their communities.
A project in its second year of operation, GenLink connects Southern students with residents in the local community who need temporary help whether it be cleaning their home, working on their yard, or getting on the Internet. Enactus interviews and prepares the students to represent the temp agency, and the time the students spend with the local residents facilitates intergenerational relationships.
“Another win at this year’s regional competition is a testament to the commitment of our students to go above and beyond what is required of them academically, and to apply what they learn in the classroom in ways that benefit individuals and organizations,” said Stephanie Sheehan, Enactus director.
Southern’s Enactus team will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23 for the national competition.