JBU Enactus Team Places Second in Nation

University Record Set for Work Accomplished Locally and Globally

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(from left to right) Enactus JBU students Thea Brock, Claudia Alvarado, Chrissie Lewis, Belinda Henriquez and Carlos Lopez celebrate their second place finish at the Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis. In total, 14 JBU Enactus team members represented the university at the competition.

SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. (May 19, 2016) – John Brown University’s Enactus team placed second out of 120 teams at the Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis on Tuesday. The team’s finish is the highest in university history.

This year Enactus JBU, comprised of 52 students, worked to distribute clean water and provide hygiene education in two locations in Guatemala. The team additionally partnered with Chile inventor Carlos Fuentealba, who designed a pellet-burning furnace to heat homes and reduce emissions in Temuco, Chile.

“I am always excited when I see students using entrepreneurship to make a real difference. Enactus JBU is committed to developing entrepreneurial solutions that improve the communities we serve and care about. Our students are meeting local and global needs, and we are very proud of them,” said Clayton Anderson, faculty adviser for Enactus JBU.

The team also launched Yellow Crate, a mobile app that alerts customers of food pantry needs whenever they walk into a participating grocery store. Other projects included One Loom, a business to help Guatemalan artisans increase sales through marketing strategies and an ambassador program, and Superate, a project to build a school to teach English in Campur, Guatemala.

In the final round of competition, each of the top 4 university teams gave a 17-minute presentation highlighting their most noteworthy projects. Judges evaluated teams on how effectively they understood and met the local and global community needs with entrepreneurial solutions. Each teams’ solutions had to have measurable, observable results and the potential to enable long-term, sustainable change within the community.

La Sierra University (Riverside, California) finished in first place and Flagler College (St. Augustine, Florida) and Heritage University (Toppenish, Washington) took third and fourth respectively. Enactus JBU has finished in the top 4 four times since 2003.

Anderson also was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellows, the highest honor for an Enactus adviser. Each year, two faculty advisers, known as Sam Walton Fellows, are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their prodigious work to advance and empower their school’s Enactus organization. Anderson is the youngest fellow to be inducted.

“I am very proud of our JBU Enactus team,” said Joe Walenciak, dean of the Soderquist College of Business and 2010 Sam Walton Fellow of the Year. “Clayton has built a strong team of officers and project leaders who have pioneered a positive difference in our world. The quality and integrity of our JBU students shine through in all that they do.”

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Ranked No. 2 among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News, JBU enrolls more than 2,700 students from 42 states and 39 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 50 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

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