Enactus third at National Exposition for outreach projects

Enactus-Team-WebKEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney Enactus team earned the National Quarter Finalist third-place trophy at the 2015 Enactus National Exposition.

Enactus team members and co-advisor Jessica Hinrichs, administrative specialist at the Center for Rural Research and Development, recently traveled to St. Louis to compete against nearly 200 teams.

The team delivered a 17-minute presentation about its on-campus and off-campus outreach projects aimed at improving quality of life by applying business concepts learned in the classroom.

UNK’s Enactus team was rated one of the top 48 organizations in the nation by experienced business professionals at the exposition. The team has qualified for the national competition 10 out of the 12 years the organization has been on campus. The team was founded in 2003.

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together students and 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.

Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects.

UNK Enactus organizes New Venture Adventure, which helps high school and university students develop leadership and business skills; promotes recycling and sustainability on campus; conducts an interview readiness program for residents of the Crossroads Center Rescue Mission; manages the student-run Brewed Awakening coffee shop on campus and empowers residents of a rural Nebraska towns to create entrepreneurial opportunities.

Competing members of the UNK Enactus team:
Albion – Jesse Zwiener
Amherst – Samantha Duennerman, Stephanie Duennerman
Bellevue – James Knights
Bennington – Nicole Connor
Fremont – Laura Spale
Kearney – Abbey Rhodes, Alicia Goodner
Lincoln – Amber Pietenpol
Morrill – Kori Dietz
Norfolk – Margaret Fennessy, Luke Fennessy
Primrose – Kelsey Martinsen


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454, gottulatm@unk.edu

Contact: Shawn Kaskie, 308-865-8135, kaskiesc@unk.edu


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