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April 8, 2014

Roberts Enactus Team Takes Second Place

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Roberts Wesleyan College’s Enactus team placed second in the nation, ahead of 498 teams, at the 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition April 1-3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the highest ranking in the college’s 13-year history of participation.

This year, the Roberts Enactus team focused on acute needs in the city of Rochester by helping local entrepreneurs, at-risk teens and underemployed refugees. The team worked hard to create innovative projects to address these needs, resulting in measurable progress for the local community.

“Our students’ commitment to the City of Rochester is impressive, and their work ethic is second to none,” Enactus faculty leader Carrie Starr said. “Their theme for this year was ’We major in the impossible.’ I’d say they proved that’s true, as they addressed these societal issues with great success!”

Enactus national competitions are dramatic, energy-filled events where teams showcase the collective impact of their community outreach efforts. Students present their projects and are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges, who rank them on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need. The winners of national Enactus expositions are invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup, which will be held in October at the China National Convention Center in Beijing Olympic Park.

Starr also received the Sam Walton Fellow of the Year Award, which honors individuals who have advanced the Enactus organization, made outstanding contributions to the team and helped students with career placement.

“Carrie has served as the Sam Walton Fellow for Roberts Enactus team for the past six years,” said Steve Bovee, chair of Roberts Wesleyan’s department of business. “Her leadership has brought increased focus and intentionality to the team’s portfolio of projects, driving the team toward projects with greater impact and sustainability. Carrie is an outstanding individual and tremendous leader. Her impact on our Enactus students and alumni has been life changing, and the impact of her work through the students, on those we serve in our community and around the world, continues to be felt.”

About Roberts Wesleyan College

With an enrollment of nearly 1,700 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts and professional studies colleges with a Christian worldview. Striving for higher learning with a higher purpose, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate programs taught by high-quality, caring faculty and graduate programs in business, education, health administration, healthcare informatics administration, marketing, nursing, school counseling and school psychology, and social work. Innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs are also available for working professionals in criminal justice administration, health administration, nursing, organizational management and teacher education.