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Building Skills
Enactus members complete projects that empower themselves and help others
By CASSIE KERNICK
Hub Intern
KEARNEY — From
organizing 5Ks to bringing in
speakers and organizing an
annual spring concert, Loper
Programming and Activities
Council gives students a lead-
ing role in campus life.
“It’s an activity organiza-
tion with the responsibility
and mission of trying to have
educational and entertainment
opportunities for students on
campus,” Tim Danube, advisor
for LPAC and associate director
for the Nebraskan Student
Union, said. LPAC tries to
provide programs that are as
varied as possible and embrac-
es the motto “programming for
students by students.”
While the group tries to book
new acts each year, some acts are
so well-received that the group
brings them back annually. Hyp-
notist JimWand will be returning
to UNK for his 26th year. Not
only does he provide comedy
hypnosis, he also does an educa-
tional piece, Danube said.
Another tradition is the
spring concert. In the past five
years, the group’s concerts
included All American Rejects,
Karmin, Scotty McCreery and
Kelli Pickler. For the larger per-
formances, attendance typically
nears 3,000 people.
One of the largest concerts to
date was when Kenny Chesney
played at UNK in 1999.
“He really a was strong
performer then, but that was
before he blew up into the
mega-stardom that he’s gotten
involved in now,” Danube said.
Chesney may have been one
of the largest performer to date,
but Scotty McCreery’s visit
to campus brought in a huge
crowd and was very well-re-
ceived, Danube said.
Danube and Heather Wolf,
assistant director of Greek
Affairs and Student Activities,
serve as advisers for the group.
Danube said one of the coolest
things about the group is how
completely student-run it is.
This ability to get hands-on
experience is what prompt-
ed Riley Arnold to join as a
freshman.
“When I was looking to get
involved on campus, this was
just an organization that stuck
out to do a lot. I know they plan
a lot of events, and that was
something that I really wanted
to be involved in,” Arnold said.
Arnold, a junior majoring in
exercise science, will serve as
president this year. She said she
is excited to see what new ideas
people will have this year.
All of the acts that come
to UNK are suggested by the
students. After receiving the
go-ahead from the advisers, stu-
dents plan and execute the events.
“We talk about it as a group
— what kind of people we
want to bring and who we think
students would be interested
in,” Arnold said. “One of our
members will talk to the act’s
representative so that we can,
hopefully, find a time that
works for them to come.”
Another thing that makes the
group unique is that anyone can
join.
“It’s a great way to get
involved if you’re a new stu-
dent. Some universities can be
quite selective, but here you
can come in as freshman and
join,” Director of Student Life
Sharon Pelc said.
While anyone is invited to
come to the weekly meetings,
there are requirements to be a
voting member. One must have
attended six of the last eight
meetings and have helped with
two events.
Danube said he’s excited for
upcoming year because the
group already is working to
bring more events than normal.
While bringing in awe-
some entertainment is one
of Arnold’s favorite parts of
LPAC, she said the people ulti-
mately make it what it is.
“I love how enthusiastic
everyone is in the club and how
willing everyone is to help. We
have something going on all the
time, so we’re never at a boring
time. We’re always planning
another event,” Arnold said.
By CASSIE KERNICK
Hub Intern
KEARNEY —Whether they
have heard of Enactus or not,
everyone at the University of
Nebraska at Kearney has been
affected by it.
The entrepreneurial business
club works to improve sustain-
ability on campus, among other
things.
“We’re very
involved with
sustainabil-
ity because
going green
is a big thing
for Enactus,”
senior Mag-
gie Fennessy,
the current
president, said.
“We created a
marketing plan that has all of
these good ideas to promote
sustainability and recycling and
conserving energy.”
The group works each year
with the residence hall associ-
ation to do a waste audit of the
campus. It also helps clean up
facilities after sporting events
and helps with on-campus recy-
cling. The group does a lot of
green work, but isn’t limited to
sustainability projects.
“The basic goal of Enactus
is to do projects throughout the
year that empower people by
teaching them basic business
principles,” Fennessy said.
This active role on campus and
in the community is what caused
Fennessy to join as a freshman.
While other clubs have speakers
and take tours, Enactus activities
affect people, Fennessy said.
Enactus, which stands for
Entrepreneur-
ship Action Us,
was formerly
known as SIFE,
for Students
In Free Enter-
prise. The
name change
came about two
years ago, as
did a few other
changes in how
annual competi-
tions are conducted.
“All year, whenever we’re
impacting and empowering
people in our community, we
keep track of our impact, and
we keep track of the progress
being made and then we go to
competition at the end of the
year,” junior Abbey Rhodes,
last year’s financial literacy
program leader, said.
Instead of competing region-
ally to advance to nationals,
organizations have a national
gathering. The best at nationals
go on to compete at the world
level.
“I can’t even describe how
amazing of an atmosphere
it is,” Fennessy said of her
experiences competing. “The
camaraderie that develops
throughout the team and just
how you get so inspired to help
other people is amazing.”
While the club has about 20
members, only six make up the
competition team. Last year,
UNK reached the semifinal
round at the Enactus National
Exposition in Seattle.
Whether it is traveling to
compete or working on the
business plan for Brewed
Awakening, the on-campus
coffee shop Enactus started,
Rhodes said it’s hard to beat
real-world experience.
“Everything that we’re doing
you have to tie in marketing,
accounting, people skills,
responsibility and working with
spreadsheets. There’s just so
many different aspects of the
organization, it’s wonderful,”
Rhodes said.
One of the most rewarding
events for group members is the
work they do at Crossroads Cen-
ter. There, group members taught
people about financial literacy
and interview skills. They also
offered advice on how to dress
and did mock interviews with
those interested. The group plans
to do the program annually.
Another popular annual pro-
gram is New Venture Adven-
ture. More than 100 Nebraska
high school students come to
UNK for a day to learn about
business practices.
The students team up to cre-
ate their own businesses. From
choosing a name and product
to applying for a loan from
one of the real bankers at the
event, the students get hands-on
experience and instruction from
Enactus members.
“I’m really proud of our
student-leaders who apply con-
cepts learned in the classroom
to help people of need in our
communities,” group adviser
Shawn Kaskie said.
While the group does helpful
work in the community, the
real-life knowledge the students
gain is invaluable.
“As far as changing lives, it
has definitely put me ahead,”
Fennessy said. “You get real-
world experience, and if you
mess up it doesn’t cause your
company to go bankrupt either,
so it’s the perfect atmosphere to
learn in.”
Courtesy
IN APRIL
the UNK Enactus team claimed the National Quarter Finalist Runner-up trophy at the
2014 Enactus National Exposition. In the 11 years that Enactus has been on the UNK campus, the
team has qualified for nationals nine times.
“The basic goal
of
Enactus is to do proj-
ects throughout the year
that empower people
by teaching them basic
business principles.
Maggie Fennessy
THE UNIVERSITY
OF
Nebraska at Kear-
ney’s homecoming is
a huge event for the
Loper Programming
and Activities Council.
From making sure the
voting for royalty runs
smoothly to organizing
the entertainment for
that year, LPAC is in
charge of arranging
the details.
SHAI LEE
Matson
performs an original
acoustic song at
FAME, the Univer-
sity of Nebraska
at Kearney’s 2014
talent show. FAME
is an annual event
that the Loper
Programming and
Activities Council
is responsible for
organizing. Perform-
ers can compete in
groups or in individ-
uals categories for
cash prizes.
Courtesy, Tim Danube
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