The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), was named a regional champion at a competition held in Baltimore, Md., March 23. The event was one of 10 regional competitions being held across the United States during March and April.
“Our students presented three local projects they were involved with a panel of judges under a rigid set of competition standards,” said President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “It was a joy to observe them at the regional level in competition, showcasing how they are engaging minds and transforming lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.”
Spence said the experience was hugely significant in helping students develop the kinds of talent and perspectives that are essential to leadership “in an increasingly complicated and challenging world.”
He expressed pride that the 44 WAU students and their projects counted among 62,000 from 38 countries representing 1,600 universities and 7,300,000 project volunteer hours towards a common commitment:
Sarah Quimby, President of the WAU club, attributes the team’s success to their growth as a unit over the past year and the amount of work they put in.
“The impact we have made is incredible. The amount of hours and hard work each member has put in to making this a successful year is impressive,” she said.
The WAU program is one of more than 500 in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. During this academic year, the WAU team organized eight projects in the Takoma Park community, including Job Quest, a partnership with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington that provides job readiness training for unemployed residents.
The culmination of the program is an annual series of competitions that provide a showcase for teams to present the results of their projects and be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Teams compete first at the regional and national levels, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the World Cup. As a regional champion, the WAU team will advance to the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23.
Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress.