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Ferrum College ENACTUS (formerly SIFE) Team Crowned Regional Champions



The Ferrum team next heads to the Enactus USA National Exposition in Kansas City May 21.

Ferrum, Va. (April 3, 2013) – After winning their 24th consecutive regional championship on March 20 in Charlotte, NC, the Ferrum College Enactus (formerly SIFE) team will head to the Enactus USA National Exposition, which will be held in Kansas City, MO beginning May 21.


“Our team has accomplished a lot of things this year and we are still not done. With our win at the regional exposition, we are pursuing a top 20 spot at the National Exposition,” said Enactus President John Puckett. “Our motivation this year is to be like Usain Bolt; we start off strong and leave everyone else in the dust.”

To win the regional competition, Enactus team members Anthoney Hill, Daniel Hogan, Heather Dawson, Holly Gerlach, John Puckett, Michael Thomas and Paul Simms, spoke about the year’s projects and answered a variety of challenging questions posed by a panel of judges. The Ferrum team competed against Saint Francis University, from Loretto, PA; Gardner-Webb University, from Boiling Springs, NC; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Erskine College, from Due West, SC; and Claflin University, from Orangeburg, SC. 

According to Puckett, the Enactus team had the greatest impact this year developing a Valentine’s Day promotion and area marketing plan for the new Ferrum Grill and Bar; working with area therapeutic riding center Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy to increase the number of its volunteers, donations and sponsors; helping the DOORS Primary School in Uganda to raise funds and market jewelry made by students and other school associates; and partnering with the Virginia Extension Office and STEP, Inc. to utilize a Lowe's Foundation grant to work with under-privileged children to repair an existing community garden, add more raised garden beds, educate the children about nutrition of the vegetables they are planting, and teach them how to market their produce.

“Winning the Enactus USA Regional Competition for the 24th year running is an impressive accomplishment," said Ferrum College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kim Blair. "Ferrum’s Enactus students are leaders on and off campus. Bringing home the regional championship is a testament to the quality of our students’ projects and their hard work. They are making a difference as they apply the disciplinary knowledge, skills and abilities they are learning at Ferrum. We are very proud of this year's team."

Founded in the United States in 1975, Enactus programs can be found today in 38 countries around the world. The U.S. operates as a division of Enactus and with over 500 active universities and more than 21,000 student participants. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate demonstrate that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.

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