Another competition trophy has joined the collection in the division of Business and Management on the second floor of Hegeman Hall, as the Keuka College Enactus team brought back a symbol of its performance at Friday’s (March 22) regional competition in Baltimore, Md.
Members of the presentation team, which included six student speakers, two alternates, and two audio-visual coordinators, presented Ann Tuttle, interim chair of the division, with a first runner-up trophy Monday morning. Keuka finished behind the University of Virginia, York College, and Messiah College.
Enactus is an international, non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. The international organization formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) changed its name to Enactus this fall.
According to faculty adviser Sam Ferrara, assistant professor of management, Keuka’s team members rose to the occasion and delivered a “flawless” presentation. While the team wished they earned a berth to the national competition in May, “they believe that they are moving in the right direction,” Ferrara said, noting that last year’s team did not come home with a trophy.
“We learned a lot,” Ferrara added, noting Keuka was up against some “stiff competition” from larger, well-funded schools. “We laid a foundation for the future.”
Prior to this year, Keuka earned a spot in the national competition nine times in 11 years.
Enactus team President Desiree Ford, a member of the presentation team, said the organization itself went through a lot of change this year, so it was refreshing to go to the competition and see how other colleges were adjusting to the changes too. Keuka’s team plans to move forward and keep competing at nationals as a major goal.
“This trophy is a symbol that we have come further than the previous year and a reminder that we’re almost there,” Ford said.