BHSU Enactus team competed in national competition

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, April 23, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           

           Black Hills State University Enactus team members competed in the Enactus United States National Competition on April 13-16 in St. Louis, Mo. Pictured are, back row, left to right, Shengfan (Alan) Li, business administration-management major from Spearfish James Lindquist, business administration-management major from Hettinger, N.D. and Katrina Schrader, business administration-management major from Johnsburg, Ill. Third row, left to right, Rebecca Ellis, professional accountancy major from Rock Rapids, Iowa Katelyn Woten, business administration-accounting major from Potter, Neb. Trait Thorne, professional accountancy major from White River and Rhett Betcher, professional accountancy major from Gillette, Wyo. Second row, left to right, co-advisor, Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management at BHSU Courtney Davis, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City Carly Neises, business administration-accounting major from Dell Rapids Danielle Doney, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City and co-advisor Dr. David Crawford, professor of accounting at BHSU. Front row, from left, Sarah Coomes, business administration-management major from Deadwood Lynlee Jensen, corporate communication major from Spearfish and Kelli Anderson, psychology major from Harrisburg.

             

           

       

   



The Black Hills State University Enactus team earned national recognition for a community project that demonstrated how well they use entrepreneurial action to help others.

The BHSU business students competed in the Enactus United States National Competition recently in St. Louis, Mo., where they placed in the initial round of competition and came home with a trophy for advancing to the competition quarter-finals. The event was one of many Enactus National Competitions being held across the globe this year.

Enactus is an international organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world. Guided by faculty advisors and business experts, participating students form teams on their campuses to create and implement community projects that empower people.

Team members who traveled to compete included:

&middot Kelli Anderson, psychology major from Harrisburg

&middot Rhett Betcher, professional accountancy major from Gillette, Wyo.

&middot Sarah Coomes, business administration-management major from Deadwood

&middot Courtney Davis, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City

&middot Danielle Doney, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City

&middot Rebecca Ellis, professional accountancy major from Rock Rapids, Iowa

&middot Lynlee Jensen, corporate communication major from Spearfish

&middot Shengfan (Alan) Li, business administration-management major from Spearfish

&middot James Lindquist, business administration-management major from Hettinger, N.D.

&middot Carly Neises, business administration-accounting major from Dell Rapids

&middot Katrina Schrader, business administration-management major from Johnsburg, Ill.

&middot Trait Thorne, professional accountancy major from White River

&middot Katelyn Woten, business administration-accounting major from Potter, Neb.

Enactus co-advisors Dr. David Crawford, professor of accounting, and Dr. Barbara Looney, professor of management, also attended the conference.

During this academic year, the Enactus team at BHSU organized several projects, including a legacy project that the team has staged for three years called "Get Connected: Facebook for Retirees" an international focus funding beehives in Zambia, Africa, "BeeSweet" and a newer project providing marketing assistance to a small business in Belle Fourche, "Recycling with RSI (Refuse Solutions, Inc.)." The recycling effort is just getting underway using funds from a Sam&rsquos Club Step-up for Small Business Partnership grant the team received in January.

"Our Facebook program helps older citizens access internet tools and in general just learn how to use the computer and try new technology. As students, we enjoy the inter-generational opportunity," said James Lindquist, business administration-management major from Hettinger, N.D. and Enactus team member.

The team stages the Facebook project with support from the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SDCEO), housed on the BHSU campus.

Enactus National Competitions are dramatic, energy-filled events where Enactus teams present their projects and are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. As a freshman, Katelyn Woten, business administration-accounting major from Potter, Neb., made her first trip as a team presenter.

"The trip to Enactus Nationals opened my eyes to the amazing possibilities people can achieve when we plan and work as a team. I am inspired to make an impact here in Spearfish or anywhere in the world," Woten said.

This year, the BHSU team was one of 185 competing in the Enactus United States National Competition held at the America&rsquos Center Convention Complex.

"Our students presented a polished, professional, and energetic summation of this year&rsquos work," Looney said. "They answered the judges&rsquo questions with certitude and obvious commitment. The experience gained in this national forum gives our students greater poise and bigger eyes as they enter the workforce upon graduation."
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