Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SBU Enactus wins regional competition

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU Enactus wins regional competition

By Lauren Mitchell
Vice President of Projects for SBU Enactus

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University’s Enactus Team (formerly known as SIFE) won the Regional Competition in Chicago April 12, securing a spot for the National Competition in Kansas City in May.

Hopping on a bus for an eight-hour drive, 25 students from the 37-member Enactus team traveled to Chicago where they competed against multiple universities in their league.

“SBU Enactus performed exceptionally well at regionals,” SBU Enactus adviser Angie Wright said. “I saw five other teams present at regionals. Our team presented first, and I didn't see any other team come close to reaching the high bar SBU Enactus set.”

Many of the members on the Enactus team this year were freshmen who were competing for the first time.

“I expected to win regionals, but at the same time, it was such a rush to hear our name called,” freshman Enactus member Tori Jones said. “Competition was a great environment of students and businesspeople all striving for the same goal.”

Four speakers, who were chosen earlier in the semester, represented the SBU Enactus team at regional competition: Seniors Aaron Meusborn and Trevor Parrish, junior Meg Goodman and freshman Tori Jones. Meusborn, Parrish and Goodman also served on the SBU Enactus officer team this year.

“As an officer and a speaker, you really feel a lot of pressure to do well when we compete,” said Parrish, SBU Enactus president. “As an officer you feel responsible for the content in the presentation, and as a speaker you feel responsible for how well it's presented. Being able to carry on SBU's legacy for most regional competition wins was a huge accomplishment for our team.”

The SBU team won the Regional Competition for the 29th time in 30 years.

These four students memorized a 17-minute speech covering three of the SBU Enactus team’s projects. Two of these projects were local businesses in the community of Bolivar, The Bean 3:16 and TMB Recycling. The last project was an international project in Zambia the team began this year.

“We were able to create a business that the orphanage could operate to produce a more sustainable source of revenue,” Meusborn said. “We cut their costs by switching power sources from expensive diesel fuel to inexpensive electricity, and we helped them create a self-sufficient environment that allows the orphanage to fully provide for their children, rarely having to leave the compound.”

Maxie Walker, Meusborn and Nathan Church traveled to Zambia to work with the New Day Orphanage during the Winterfest term in January.

“It was amazing to help such a loving and compassionate people group,” Meusborn said. “As soon as our team arrived at the orphanage, the local Zambians immediately made us feel loved. Once it was time to leave, only a week later, it felt like we were leaving our own family.”

The success of the SBU Enactus team and its Regional Competition win has been a team effort and the result of strong leadership.

“SBU Enactus has done an amazing job, and the results are a testament to the Enactus officer leadership,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, associate professor of business administration and academic adviser to the SBU Enactus team. “The officer team this year was the first officer team to take a long-term approach to setting the team up for future success.”

The team is expecting stiffer competition when competing for the title of National Champion next month.

“Nationals is an entirely different ball game,” Goodman said. “The majority of teams that advance are competitive and have a history of success. That being said, our team has been nationally ranked the past two years (top 40 in 2011, top 60 in 2012), and I expect nothing less for this year. As an officer team, we would be thrilled to make top 20 this year. I think that is definitely attainable and would be an accurate reflection of our team's successes for this Enactus year.”

For more information about SBU Enactus, contact Angie Wright at (417) 328-1754 or awright@sbuniv.edu.

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