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Two members of Thomas University’s Enactus organization and their adviser attended the 2018 Enactus USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 20-22, thanks to a travel grant from Walmart-Sam’s Club. Participating in the event are (from left) Logan Moriarty, TU Enactus member; Mina Haretos, TU faculty member and TU Enactus adviser; and Brandon Krambeck, TU Enactus member.

 

TU’s Enactus receives 1 of only 6 grants to attend national event

Thomas University’s Enactus organization is less than a year old, but its members are already preparing for future activities and competitions. From May 20 to 22 a trio representing TU’s Enactus attended the 2018 Enactus USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, thanks to a Walmart-Sam’s Club Enactus USA National Exposition Travel Grant. TU was one of only six Enactus groups in the U.S. to receive the grant.

“As a young developing team, we have so much to learn and so much we are eager to accomplish,” said Mina Haretos, TU Enactus adviser. “The Enactus-Walmart grant gave us the opportunity to travel and experience the very best U.S. Enactus teams have to offer in a competitive and collaborative environment. Because of this grant, we were able to observe several teams present, and shadow the St. Francis University team, which I know was and will continue to be one of the most meaningful relationships we have built.”

The group – which consisted of Haretos along with TU Enactus members Logan Moriarty and Brandon Krambeck – began their adventure by attending the Developing Team Orientation on Sunday, May 20 at the convention. During the course of the event, TU’s team shadowed the Enactus team from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. The St. Francis team will serve as mentors for TU’s team.

“Having the experience to attend this year’s national expo was life-changing,” Moriarty said. “The opportunity to surround myself by some of the most innovative young minds in the United States was incredible. Watching the impact these Enactus teams have made – not only made in the United States but the entire world – drives a passion in me to join the change. The unique experience has allowed me to set goals for myself, as well as for TU Enactus, that seemed to be merely dreams before. The knowledge I took away from the national expo will surely help guide any of my future aspirations.”

Eighty-seven teams from across the U.S. competed at the National Exposition. The TU team observed presentations and learned more about projects completed by other Enactus teams.

The Thomas University chapter of Enactus started in the fall of 2017 with the goal of creating community service projects for the local area, especially entrepreneurial efforts. Members have met regularly throughout the year to plan their projects.

“The Enactus USA National Expo has given us vital information on the steps to create projects that impact people's lives,” Krambeck said. “Between the structure and approach, we now have a better understanding of how to create connections and implement initiatives. We believe that from this experience, we can not only build strong projects but build stronger communities.”

According to its website, Enactus has chapters in 36 countries with more than 72,000 student members each year along with 550 corporate, organization and individual partners.

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