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LCU Enactus Group Advances to Nationals

Trip to Kansas City upcoming in May
Members of the Enactus organization of Lubbock Christian University traveled to Dallas earlier this week to make presentations at the United States Regional Competition. Some 35 universities from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida and Mississippi were represented in the competition and the contingent from LCU received a “champion” rating that qualifies them for the upcoming National Exposition, scheduled for May 21-23 in Kansas City, MO. The Chap group was one of 21 schools that have qualified to advance in the competition from the Dallas regional event.

Competing teams are divided among separate leagues, with approximately five-to-seven teams per league. On average, two or three teams from each league were named regional champions and qualified for the National Exposition. Joining LCU out of “League 7” and advancing to the national round are Texas A&M International University and Texas State University.

Enactus, though mostly composed of business majors, is full of students who want to make a difference in their community, while growing their skills as business leaders. The members of the LCU Enactus team that were able to make the Dallas trip were: Kristin Fellows, Chris Marks, Nora Barcenas, Jared Brandon, Jeffrey Hilliard, Blake Fitzgerald, Kim Silvia, Autumn Posey, Payton Shipley, Emily Mullins, Jayson Maltby and Carly Shelton. Other team members are: Clint Scott, Daniel Hansen, David Denton, Garret Morte, John Moore, Savannah Carolus, Stetson Alton, Tatiana Navarro and Taylor Castleberry.

“LCU has a long history of advancing to Nationals and we have actually won the National Championship in years past,” said Tracy Mack, who serves as the Sam Walton Fellow for LCU Enactus. “I believe this is the first time we will advance to the national round since 2007. This group was a great representation of the high quality students we have at LCU.”

Enactus is a non-profit organization with branches at universities world-wide. Students, who are involved, are expected to find and work on various projects in their community. At the end of the year, they travel to competition to present on what they have accomplished.

The annual report includes all of the projects Enactus has tackled this past year. Most of the events and projects are recent from last semester to present. Some of these projects include the "Freshman Money Slam Jam," an event which educated new college freshmen about personal financial wisdom. Enactus has worked closely on the "Waminos" project that promotes the sale of shoes made by craftsmen in Africa. Also in the works is the "Chapsaver App" for mobile devices.

(Editor's Note: Students in Free Enterprise, the world's best-known and most successful program in helping university students to create community empowerment projects, has changed its name to ENACTUS to reaffirm its long-standing commitment to using entrepreneurial action as a catalyst for progress.)