Business Students Place Third Nationally
With a presentation of their student work on projects such as ADENTRO, the Heritage University Enactus team took third place in a national student business competition in April. The team went up against 225 colleges and universities from across the country in the national Enactus USA Expo held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Advancing to the final four on Thursday morning, Heritage students competed in the final round Thursday afternoon against Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY), Belmont University (Nashville, TN) and Texas State University–San Marcos.
“Our team is known for the passion we bring to our presentations,” said Heritage Enactus President Haydee Navarro. “We come from the communities we serve. We live and work there and have firsthand experience with the struggles that these people are going through. This is what drives our passion, and it comes out in our presentation.”
The Heritage team included Haydee Navarro, Adrianna Villafan, Francisco Ramirez, Sagrario Leon, Guadalupe Jimenez-Rios, Daisy Santiago, Denis Arce and Cruz Orozco. The eight presented three case studies from the group’s 2013-2014 efforts. They demonstrated how they used their skills to teach money management to at risk middle school students, how they trained low-income adults both in the Yakima Valley and in Belize to build and grow successful businesses, and how they organized the community on and off campus to support families in need during the holiday season.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our students. Placing in the top three for the fourth time since 2004 is proof that we continue to have a tremendously talented group of students who develop outstanding projects,” said Heritage University President Dr. John Bassett.
Heritage’s Enactus advisor, Professor Len Black, shared Bassett’s praise. “Our Enactus students faced tough competition from some of the best schools in the country, and performed brilliantly in every round of the competition. Third place out of more than 200 competitors nationwide is an outstanding accomplishment,” saidMEnactus advisor and Heritage University Professor Len Black.
Enactus is an international organization of students, academics 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. Heritage’s Enactus team has won ten consecutive regional championships. Since first reaching the national level in 2004, they have been in the top 20 nine times consecutively, and have advanced five times to the final four.