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Empowering a Community Through Business: The Mount wins regional competition

enactusEmmitsburg, Maryland - Mount St. Mary’s University congratulates the Bolte School of Business Enactus Team for bringing home the 2013 regional championship title. The competition held in Baltimore, Maryland on March 22, included four universities—Susquehanna University, Elmira College and Ursinus College and the Mount.

“When Mount Business students take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations and then are recognized for their excellence, that is a great accomplishment,” said Assistant Professor of Sport Management and Enactus advisor Corinne Farneti. “Our team has been working hard since September, pouring hours into our projects and preparing for competition. The hard work paid off. I'm really proud of them all.”

The Enactus teams are judged on the collective impact of their community outreach projects while considering the relevant economic, social and environmental factors. The winners showed they were most effective at empowering people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living. 

The Mount team included long-term projects involving Sam’s Club Small Business, Pa$$port to Wealth and Education Reach—a partnership with the PAL Center in Frederick, MD. 

Of the 21 Mount students on the University’s Enactus team, the six members who presented qualified for the national competition being held this year in St. Louis, Missouri.  Members of the team include, David Nixdorf, C ‘14; Stephanie Bass, C ‘13; Caroline Tucker, C ‘14; Victoria Ramsay, C ‘13; Lauren Brown, C ’15; and Rebecca Lynch, C ’14.  

"Enactus allows us to use learned skills to overcome obstacles that arise during the completion of projects. We get better at working together, taking responsibility for parts of a project, and promoting ideas we are passionate about and making them come to fruition," said Nixdorf, Mount Enactus Team President.

Enactus (formerly SIFE)  is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.

For more information on the Mount’s Enactus Team, please visit the Richard J. Bolte, Jr. School of Business.

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