At the recent ENACTUS National Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle University’s team finished second in its bracket during the quarterfinal round and was ranked among the top 40 colleges participating in the event.
Thirty-five La Salle students are involved with the squad, and 19 travelled to Cincinnati.
“I am extremely proud of the team. After all of our hard work and dedication, we had success,” said Chelsea Degroff, team president. “We were able to create sustainability and profit for growing businesses. This was the most successful (ENACTUS) competition yet for La Salle.”
ENACTUS is an international nonprofit that works with student, academic, and business leaders on community empowerment projects around the world. According to its Web site, ENACTUS college teams collaborate with businesses, nonprofits, and campus and community organizations on business plans, projects, and strategies to positively affect the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. In addition, the teams are required to demonstrate that all their projects are sustainable and will continue to have impact after their involvement has ended. (The name is a combination of Entrepreneurial, Action, and Us; the organization changed its name from Students in Free Enterprise last year.)
The La Salle ENACTUS team presented four of its projects in Cincinnati:
For its Green Expansion Project on La Salle’s campus, the team raised awareness of green initiatives by selling shirts with the green Explorer logo, and they then used the proceeds to purchase new recycling and composting receptacles. The team also helped launch a new community garden on La Salle’s campus and contributed cost-savings strategies for the University’s new School of Business building. This presentation was made by team member Kasey Ober.
For Adaptations, a social service agency, the team helped adults with autism find employment. During this project, the team conducted workshops that highlighted resume construction, cover letter setup and interview etiquette. After working closely with the team for several weeks, several of the clients were able to find employment. This presentation was made by team member Deirdre Rice.
For Partnership for Families (PFF), an organization that assists low-income families with child-care, education, and employment opportunities, the ENACTUS team revamped PFF’s marketing strategies and Web site. Since the launch of the new Web site and the introduction of the new marketing strategies, PFF has more than doubled its client base, and its donations increased by 243 percent. This presentation was made by Mary Voss.
The final project presented showed how the team assisted La Salle economics professor Richard Mshomba raise funds to build a library in his native Tanzania. So far, the team has raised more than $12,000 in two months. Its goal is to collect $15,000 by May 6. This presentation was made by team member Josh Colton.
“The judges were very impressed with our presentation (for the library),” team member David Comberiate said. “They asked us questions about the sustainability aspect of the library, which we were able to answer, as we have been working with the Mshombas to start putting together fee-based services once the library is built.”
The lead presenter for the team was John Ballough Sneh. The audio-visual presentation was prepared by Ballough Sneh, Comberiate, and Carmelo Gaudite. David Howard-Dean played the violin to accompany the presentation.
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.