BHSU business students earn recognition for presentation and service projects at National Enactus Exposition

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, April 25, 2014/Categories: 2014

           The Black Hills State University Enactus team recently presented its trophy from the national competition to Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences. Pictured left to right, Laura Redle, professional accountancy major from Sheridan, Wyo. Shelby Best, mass communication major from Joseph City, Ariz. Ann Wilken, education major from Meadow Katrina Schrader, business administration &ndash human resources major from Johnsburg, Ill. Romkema Becca Ellis, professional accountancy major from Rock Rapids, Iowa Jesus Ramos, graphic design communication major from Spearfish Abbey Van Steenwyk, business administration &ndash accounting major from Sturgis Sarah Coomes, business administration &ndash accounting major from Rapid City and Justin Bachelor, biology major from White River.

The Black Hills State University Enactus team, competing with more than 200 colleges and universities, advanced to the second round of competition during the Enactus National Exposition earlier this month in Cincinnati.

The team presented its trophy to Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences, this week.

Despite being delayed in Rapid City because of a snowstorm and barely arriving in time, the team pulled together and had a great presentation, according to Ann Wilken, education major from Meadow.

"We raced to get to the convention center, rehearsing in the van," she said. "We arrived at the room we were to present in with 10 minutes to spare. We were so excited with how it went. We presented with energy and really executed our presentation well."

Enactus is an international nonprofit organization comprised of a community of student, academic and business leaders who use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. There are Enactus teams represented throughout 1,600 universities in 36 countries with 65,000 students involved.  

This is BHSU&rsquos second time competing at the national competition. Last year, Enactus earned a regional win to advance for the first time to the national level.

The team advanced to the quarter finals this year which included another round of presenting. While the BHSU team has organized several community outreach projects, it presented four during the national competition: Facebook for Retirees, Firsthand College Advice Seminar for Spearfish High School students, Lisa Bike Program, and their newest venture Bee Sweet where the team invested in bee hives in Zambia to help stabilize the Zambian economy.

Dr. Bobbi Looney, assistant professor of management, said the experience strengthened the team&rsquos commitment to the projects and gave the students the resolve to return with a presentation again next year.  Looney and Dr. David Crawford, associate professor of accounting, are co-advisors for Enactus.

"The students worked hard, and their efforts were acknowledged by the trophy and their advancement. The team is excited to build on the BeeSweet honey project in Zambia, which was launched this year."

Wilken echoed Looney&rsquos sentiments and said attending the national competition builds the team dynamic. "By presenting a business presentation to CEOs and business leaders, we learn how to use the butterflies and nervousness as fuel to execute our presentation with poise and energy."

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