WHEELING - Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) student group 'Enactus' will put smiles on many faces in El Salvador by raising almost $1,000 during the 2013-14 academic year.
Enactus is made up of business majors, and the student group name is a combination of the words entrepreneurs, action and us.
In the fall of 2013, students teamed up with artisans in El Salvador to sell hand crafted jewelry on the WJU campus. Students did the same project in 2009, but according to Enactus advisor Greg Shepherd '00. This academic year the group raised the most money ever for El Salvador.
Front row: Allison Miller, Farryn Jones, Gabrielle Provenzano, Amanda Agdeppa, Andrew Howard & Patricia Paolini. Back Row: Evan Walker, Greg Shepherd, advisor, David Stanley.
"Enactus is a wonderful opportunity to combine students' world changing ideas with proven and sustainable business processes for the benefit of all," said Sheperd.
The group's goal is to fulfill the needs of residents in West Virginia and beyond by exceeding expectations, one person at a time. Enactus works to make an impact on society not only for today, but for tomorrow.
This academic year, students gave their time and talent to the "Let's Can Hunger" campaign with local high schools. By gathering canned goods and non-perishable items, more than 17,000 pounds of food was collected in the local area. Students also volunteered their time at the Ohio Valley Heart Ball in February.
"I am graduating in a few weeks from WJU, and it feels great to know we helped someone else who is less fortunate. Enactus has taught me life and leadership skills I can use well into my future career," said Amanda Agdeppa '14.
"The average annual income for a person in El Salvador is just $2,200. Our students put in 100-percent of their efforts to make as much money as we could to help these people. We could not have done this without our community helping us out. They are phenomenal," added Sheperd.
Founded 60 years ago by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), Wheeling Jesuit University consistently is ranked as one of America's top regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and other organizations. WJU is the only Catholic university in West Virginia and the the youngest Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States. Its Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and service to others draws a global student body of 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 25 states and 26 countries. The university has 21 varsity sports programs and competes in the Mountain East Conference.