SNHU Takes First Place in Entrepreneurial Challenge

Monday, May 17, 2010
SNHU Communications Office

Students from Southern New Hampshire University took first place at the Social Entrepreneurial Student Leadership (SESL) Challenge on  May 10 at the Red River Theater in Concord.

The SESL is a 10-week experiential learning competition in which high school and college teams (in separate contests) design, research, and present an innovative, realistic solution to a team-identified “community” challenge, one that is personally meaningful to team members. Teams present their solution(s) to a panel of statewide judges at the regional finals in April and, for those teams that move on, at the statewide finals in May.

"The SESL Challenge provides a small group of entrepreneurial-minded students a chance to reflect on their communities with an eye for creating social change," Tim Heald, SNHU adjunct business professor said. "The SNHU Team drew on the skills learned from their studies to bring together a well researched and comprehensive strategy for the Challenge.  The Team takes away an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset, the knowledge that a small group of people can affect great change as well as phenomenal exposure to NH's business leaders, including a meeting with and citation from Gov. John Lynch."

SNHU students Darren Chasse, Tautvydas Shalna, Danielle Flanagan, Jeremiah Donovan, Matthew Charette and  Samantha Taschereau competed in the challenge.

SNHU's project focused on integrating international students into the campus culture. According to Heald, the team identified a plethora of benefits that international students bring to not only college campuses but also local economies.  However, relationships between domestic students and international students don't seem to be developing as well as they could. The project created a more welcoming and integrated environment which invited closer cultural relationships, sharing and greater understanding.

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