On March 21, a group of 15 Spring Arbor University students made their way to Chicago to compete in the regional Enactus competition. The SAU team was chosen as one of the regional champions to advance to nationals this May. Enactus is a non-profit through which teams of students around the world compete in implementing entrepreneurial ideas to support their communities and those in need.
During the competition, the SAU team presented on projects they had worked on for the past year. SAU’s team gave presentations on projects that represent 1,000 hours of work by the students. These projects are Jobs for Life, Rise Above, Clean Drinkable Water for Flint, College for a Day, and Micro Enterprise.
“When you hear from the panel of judges that your team, through the projects that you put together, has made a difference in your community, it is very rewarding,” said Dr. Caleb Chan, dean of the Gainey School of Business, who serves as the team’s faculty advisor. Students Ken Colson and Thomas Waterway serve as president and vice president of the SAU Enactus team.
The mission statement for SAU’s Enactus team says, “SAU Enactus exists to help people in the Greater Jackson Area and Third World countries to realize their dreams through creative and innovative projects that focus on the teaching of free enterprise principles and applications. We also exist to provide ministry opportunities for the student body and embrace our community with God’s love while utilizing our talents and skills at the same time.”
The 2016 national competition is in St. Louis, Missouri, May 15-17. Although the team is wrapping up the current academic year, Dr. Chan says, “new members are always welcome.”