Bauer Student Organization Enactus Recognized at National Competition

Published on May 12, 2015

Organization Receives $1,000 for Community Service Projects

Jamie Belinne, Ali Wadia, Emma Armer, Jp Dowling, Everette Gardner and Georgina Esquivel.

Enactus, a Bauer College student organization, recently received $1,000 for their efforts benefiting Meals on Wheels Houston and the Houston Furniture Bank. Pictured are Jamie Belinne, the group’s faculty advisor; Enactus participants Ali Wadia; Emma Armer; and Jp Dowling, the organization’s student president; Everette Gardner, Chair of Department of Decision and Information Sciences; and Enactus participant Georgina Esquivel.

A group of students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business recently received national recognition for their efforts in bolstering the community through service projects.

Enactus, a Bauer student organization, made it to the quarter finals and received $1,000 at the Enactus United States National Expo in St. Louis for their work in the Houston area over the last year.

Globally, Enactus focuses on making the world a better place through quick thinking and entrepreneurial action, with more than 500 teams across the world putting in volunteer hours and crafting community service projects.

The Bauer chapter of Enactus completed several projects this year, including a partnership with the Rockwell Career Center on the Suit Closet program to provide suits to students at the college in need. They also created guides to help professional medical and engineering-focused refugees regain their professional careers in the United States.

And, this year, Enactus members focused on service to local non-profits by providing business solutions, including an online training system for Meals on Wheels Houston that allows volunteers to train more easily and deliver more meals. The student organization also worked with the Houston Furniture Bank to create an inventory system for their warehouse.

“We were competing against teams with much larger budgets and longer histories at their schools, and our students did incredibly well to make it as far as they did in this year’s competition,” said Jamie Belinne, assistant dean for career services at Bauer and faculty advisor for Enactus.

The students were judged on the impact that they had in their community using the triple-bottom-line model: social, environmental and economic. More than 180 teams from across the United States competed, with the Bauer team placing in the top half overall.

In addition to the organization’s win, Enactus president and Bauer student Jp Dowling received a scholarship from the Jules & Gwen Knapp Foundation of $2,500 for exceptional leadership.

“The guidance and support of Bauer’s amazing faculty and staff, including Jamie Belinne, Mariella De Alba, Jonathan Shirley and more, have helped Enactus reach competitive prowess so much faster than teams from other universities have been able to,” Dowling said.

He added: “Bauer’s culture of responsibility and hard work have pushed all of us to new levels, and that shows in Enactus’ success.”

By Abigail Leal