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ENACTUS Club Finds Success, Opportunity in First Year

05.30.2014
Pictured are students and staff at the ENACTUS National Exposition in Cincinnati. From left to right are McNinch, Ricchini, Nielsen, Woods and Hughes.

Pictured are students and staff at the ENACTUS National Exposition in Cincinnati. From left to right are McNinch, Ricchini, Nielsen, Woods and Hughes.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 30, 2014 – The High Point University ENACTUS Club found success with community service in its first year on campus.

Pictured are members of the ENACTUS Club at High Point University. From left to right are students Christina Drake; Amanda Matlock; Dr. Tjai Nielsen, associate professor of management and advisor to the club at HPU; Jamison Orr; Jabari Harris; Louis McNinch; John Woods; Jeff Hughes; Andy Ricchini; Will Slemp; Stephen (Steve) Pollock; and Abby Derham.

Pictured are members of the ENACTUS Club at High Point University. From left to right are students Christina Drake; Amanda Matlock; Dr. Tjai Nielsen, associate professor of management and advisor to the club at HPU; Jamison Orr; Jabari Harris; Louis McNinch; John Woods; Jeff Hughes; Andy Ricchini; Will Slemp; Stephen (Steve) Pollock; and Abby Derham.

ENACTUS – which stands for “entrepreneurial,” “action” and “us” – is an international nonprofit organization that brings together student, academic 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. HPU ENACTUS, which has more than 30 student members, is dedicated to creating community projects that benefit High Point.

Dr. Tjai Nielsen, associate professor of management in the Phillips School of Business and advisor to ENACTUS, says being an active participant in ENACTUS gives students the opportunity to benefit the community and learn leadership skills.

“Students learn to work together as a team to accomplish tough goals in service of others,” says Nielsen. “They gain significant leadership experience leading community service projects, and for some, leading the ENACTUS organization. All of these benefits make them stronger, more self-aware college students who are then more prepared to make lasting contributions well into the future.”

The ENACTUS Club took part in several activities and projects throughout the year, including a recent trip to the ENACTUS National Exposition in Cincinnati, where students had the opportunity to connect and network with more than 60 Fortune 500 companies.

The exposition, which consisted of a project presentation competition and a national job fair, gave four HPU graduating seniors the chance to expand their networks. Andy Ricchini, Jeff Hughes, John Woods and Louis McNinch participated in interviews and are closer to securing positions thanks to their affiliation with ENACTUS.

The club’s other successful endeavors have included projects involving education. ENACTUS members taught local high school students about entrepreneurship and writing business plans, and the Financial Literacy Project has planned a series of workshops to teach the basics of effective money management.

“ENACTUS is more than a community service club with an entrepreneurial focus. It is a chance for engaged students to cultivate their leadership skills in real projects with a real impact on the community,” says ENACTUS member Andy Ricchini. “It’s great seeing students not only developing better networks and professional skills, but also being able to realize their efforts are changing peoples’ lives.”

ENACTUS also began an initiative this year to create a community playground and dog park in High Point. The park will provide a clean and safe environment for children and parents, and for college students with pets.

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