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Enactus events focus students on a brighter future

Posted: Mar 20, 2013


Olivet’s chapter of Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) is preparing students for life after college.
Most recently, members of the club planned and hosted two events that will have both short- and long-term benefits for students who participated.

Investment Seminar (February 25, 2013)

This seminar started with a raffle drawing for students who had participated in the “Investopedia” game in Ludwig Center during the previous week.

Next, guest speakers Brian Robbins ’08, Olivet’s associate director of admissions, and Adam Banter ’05/’10 M.B.A., family advocate and enrollment advisor in Olivet’s Office of Admissions, spoke on a variety of topics, including: personal finances, savings, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate and the time value of money. Joshua Stauffenberg ’12, representing HomeStar Bank — an event sponsor — spoke about life insurance.

More than 40 students attended. Student leaders for this event were: Ashlan Allison (senior from Anderson, Ind.) and Landon Williams (junior from Erie, Penn.).

“This was a good introduction to a lot of different topics,” said Seth Means (senior from Bourbonnais, Ill.) “I learned that I need to start investing in IRAs right now. I had never even heard of them until I attended this seminar.”

Whitney (Swick) Means (Seth’s wife and also a senior) added: “Seth and I have gone to as many finance and investment seminars as we can. It has been a tremendous help to learn together and feel more comfortable going into the ‘real world’ after we graduate this year. This seminar is helping us prepare for our future.”

“Suit Up” (March 13, 2013)

This evening of mock interviews for upperclassmen featured 20 business professionals from the greater Chicago area, representing a variety of businesses and backgrounds. They volunteered their time to provide interviewees with feedback on their interviewing presence. The interviews were 15 to 20 minutes in length.

Following the interview sessions was a networking hour, giving students opportunities to speak with business professionals working in their field of interest. They shared their expertise in the fields of marketing, finance, operations, account management, banking, informational technology, logistics, graphic design, interior design, civil law and engineering. Representatives from Caterpillar and others were looking for employees to fill actual open positions. 

“This event definitely helped me get a feel for what interviewing is going to be like in the professional world,” said Taylor Williamson (senior from Willmar, Minn.). “I interviewed with two individuals from Caterpillar. I'm still waiting to hear about an internship possibility.” 

“The event could not have gone better,” said Becca Phipps (senior from Rockwood, Penn.), student member of Enactus. “Interviewers and interviewees were engaged and inspired.”

Eighty students participated in the interviews, and Olivet’s Center for Student Success graciously funded the dinner. Student leaders for this event were: Emma Reutter (senior from Mason, Mich.); Kyle Henning (senior from Glenview, Ill.); and Allison Walsh (junior from Orland Park, Ill.).

“Our business students have completed many impressive projects,” said Dr. Lynda Allen ’82/’88 M.B.A., business professor and faculty advisor for Enactus. “And I have the privilege of working with a remarkable group of talented students throughout the year — not only at Enactus competitions, but also at events like these.”



Students enrolled in Olivet's Roaring Tiger ROTC Battalion