Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SBU’s Enactus team in the nation’s top eight

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU’s Enactus team in the nation’s top eight

BOLIVAR, Mo.Southwest Baptist University’s Enactus team finished in the top eight — winning first runner-up in the semi-final round — at the Enactus (formerly SIFE) National Competition May 21-23 in Kansas City.

“We knew we had done a lot of good work, but we needed to be able to show the impact we had,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, associate professor of business administration and academic adviser to the SBU Enactus team. “We needed measurable outcomes, and this year’s team went after that.”

Four speakers represented the SBU Enactus team: 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.

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.

The team has been nationally ranked at least in the top 60 for five years in a row. The regional win in Chicago in April marked the 29th time in 30 years that the team has won the regional competition.

“They did an incredible job,” Bethards said. “To go as far as we did was just amazing.”

Bethards said he expects more success by future teams.   

“This year’s leadership team did a great job of looking long-term,” he said. “If our pending projects come together like we think they will, we are poised to be a serious competitor over the next couple of years.

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