posted on June 04, 2013 15:25
The University of Mobile Enactus team, a group of student entrepreneurs in the School of Business
, was named 2nd runner up in its division at the Enactus National Exposition in May.
Enactus student teams on campuses across the world apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives, and shape a better, more sustainable world, according to Amy Taylor, assistant professor of business and economics, UMobile Enactus team sponsor and a Sam Walton Fellow.
Taylor said the UMobile team earned the honor of competing at the national level by winning a regional competition in Atlanta in April. This is the second consecutive regional championship the UMobile team has won for its entrepreneurial projects.
During the national competition May 21-23 in Kansas City, Mo., the UMobile Enactus team was named among the top 60 teams of the 535 teams that competed. Teams presented their projects, which were evaluated by business leaders serving as judges who ranked them on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need.
UMobile Enactus performed over 1,300 hours of service work during the 2012-13 academic year and impacted nearly 18,000 people in the Mobile community through projects such as establishing and operating a free Clothing Closet at Dumas Wesley Community Center, conducting business and life-skills workshops for high school students, partnering with Keep Mobile Beautiful to help recycle electronics and raise funds that enabled The Joseph Project – a food pantry at DWCC – to purchase over 20,000 pounds of food.
Ashley Shelton, who served as president of UMobile Enactus during the past two years, said the Enactus National Exposition “is unlike anything I have ever experienced. There are thousands of college students gathered together to present projects that help create more sustainable communities.”
The total number of active Enactus students in the nation are 21,232 who accumulated 816,159 student volunteer hours on 5,032 team community projects, Taylor said.
Taylor said the Enactus experience allows School of Business students to put the business principles they learn in the classroom into action in significant ways that improve their community.
Shelton, who graduated from UMobile in May with both a bachelor’s degree in business and Master of Business Administration through the school’s 5-year integrated MBA program
, said being recognized as second runner up at a national competition was “incredible.”
“While this was a great honor, it means more to us that our small team was able to impact the lives of almost 18,000 people in the community,” Shelton said.
Other UMobile Enactus competition team members are: Weston Mason,
vice president; Daniel Robinson
, treasurer; Davis Pilot
, team leader; Tabitha Umipeg
; Michelle Brown
; Steffani Gonzalez
; Cornelius Turner
; Marc Dupont
; Billy Musgrove
; and Sairon Chhetri
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu
or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.