March 22, 2013
Lees-McRae students attend regional competition for Enactus
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On Wednesday, March 20, ten students and two faculty members from the Lees-McRae Business Administration program attended the Regional Competition for Enactus in Concord, N.C.

According to their website, Enactus is "a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world."�

The attendees included students, Allison Cook, Morgan Beirne, Catherine Hanby, Rachael Nobbs, Juan Urbina, Zachary Cummings, Joe Liston, Natalija Cakarevic, Layana De Sousa, and Matt Zimmer, along with faculty members Amy Anderson Taylor and John LaCapra.

Students Joe Liston and Matt Zimmer

"Enactus will provide an innovative way to develop students' strategic and critical thinking skills by developing projects encompassing the Triple Bottom Line of "�People, Profit, Planet,'"� said Amy Taylor, Enactus advisor and marketing faculty member. "We are providing a competitive advantage for our students by developing an Enactus team on our campus."�

Two of the students in attendance, Catherine Hanby and Juan Urbina, in addition to fellow student, Bradley King, are implementing this organization on the Lees-McRae campus as a part of their Business Administration Senior Research Project. These three seniors, along with a few others, attended the World Cup Competition for Enactus in Washington, D.C. last fall and determined it to be an innovative way to move from the classroom to reality. The Regional Competition served as a recruitment tool and allowed a several underclassman students to experience the presentations, innovations and entrepreneurial spirit of students throughout our region.

"What I found useful by attending the conference was the clarification of what Enactus is,"� said Lees-McRae student, Morgan Beirne. "While previously I had been unsure of the exact purpose of the organization, upon viewing all of the presentations, I feel much more inspired to continue my part in the organization here at Lees-MсRае. The organization appeals to my passions of rhetoric and international studies, along with my overall desire to benefit my community, both locally and globally I hope that Enactus will be able to flourish on our campus as it so clearly has on those of the universities I heard from yesterday."�

In addition to presentations, major corporations were on hand to discuss internships and careers. The representatives from these groups were available to meet and talk with students over lunch. The corporations included Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Home Depot, ConAgra, Walgreens, Enterprise and Kellogg.

The Business Administration program at Lees-McRae prepares students to become responsible, productive leaders in today's global business environment. In addition to providing a strong core business curriculum, students are offered the opportunity to choose concentrations in accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing and small business development.

For more information about Enactus on the campus of Lees-McRae College, please contact Amy Taylor, Enactus advisor and marketing faculty member, at

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