New workforce preparation project leads BHSU business students to win at Enactus Regional Exposition

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, March 31, 2016/Categories: 2016

BHSU students showcased their "Steps to Success" employment initiative with the Northern Hills Training Center during the Enactus Regional Exposition in Chicago recently. The BHSU Enactus Team won a Regional Championship trophy for their entrepreneurial work to create a better world and will now advance to the national competition in May. Front row left to right: Alan Li, Tammi Martin, Trait Thorne, and Emily Harris middle row l to r: Katrina Schrader, Meliora Bachelor, Katelyn Woten, Lynlee Jensen, Cheyenne Quinn, Joanna Schriver, and Hannah Owens back row l to r: advisor Dr. David Crawford, Sam Hintgen, Bailey Sadowsky, and advisor Dr. Bobbi Looney.

BHSU student entrepreneurs came home with a Regional Championship trophy after competing at the Enactus Regional Exposition in Chicago recently. The team's win earned them an invitation to compete May 15-17 at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis.

Enactus is an international nonprofit organization comprised of a community of students, academic and business leaders who use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

During a formal presentation before a panel of 18 corporate judges at the Enactus Regional Exposition, BHSU students presented their four legacy projects: Facebook for Retirees Steps to Success, an employment initiative with the Northern Hills Training Center Recycling with RSI, a small business initiative and BeeSweet, an impact investment in Zambia.

Bailey Sadowsky, corporate communication and graphic design communication major from Hettinger, N.D., managed the new Steps to Success Project, a workforce preparation project.

"The Northern Hills Training Center is a huge part of Spearfish, so being able to help the Center integrate their clients into the heart of the community was enlightening," said Sadowsky.

BHSU Enactus students helped Center administrators assemble instructional materials for a series of job placement workshops. Team members posed for and staged a series of photographs that illustrate workforce preparation and the process needed for career placement.

The Enactus team has met with success at both regional and national Enactus expositions in the past, but advisors Dr. David Crawford, professor of accounting, and Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management, said this year's team came together for the most polished performance yet.

Each competing team had 17 minutes to share their accomplishments during a memorized and coordinated presentation. Team members then answered pointed questions raised by the judging panel.

"The format demands considerable poise and quick-thinking on the part team members. Our students represented themselves and our university admirably," said Looney.

BHSU is one of 1,600 universities in 36 countries with an Enactus team. Over 65,000 students are involved in Enactus worldwide. During the 2015-16 school year, 19 official members of the BHSU Enactus team worked a total of 818 hours on 11 projects.

Another project shared at the competition, Facebook for Retirees, also has a history of success. For the past five years, the BHSU Enactus team has partnered with the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) to offer 10 tutorial workshops that assist area residents in using Facebook. More than 145 retirees have participated in these student-led programs.

Team members who traveled to Chicago included:
  • Meliora Bachelor, political science major from White River
  • Emily Harris, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City
  • Samuel Hintgen, biology major from Spearfish
  • Lynlee Jensen, corporate communication major from Spearfish
  • Alan Li, business administration-management major from Spearfish
  • Tammi Martin, professional accountancy major from Spearfish
  • Hannah Owens, chemistry major from Spearfish
  • Cheyenne Quinn, business administration-management major from Piedmont
  • Bailey Sadowsky, corporate communication and graphic design and communication major from Hettinger, N.D.
  • Katrina Schrader, business administration-human resource management major from McHenry, Ill.
  • Joanna Schriver, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City
  • Trait Thorne, professional accountancy major from White River
  • Katelyn Woten, professional accountancy major from Potter, Neb.
The BHSU School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) placing the School in the top five percent of business schools in the world.

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