Richards College of Business ENACTUS Team Partners with Wal-Mart.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Richards College of Business ENACTUS team recently co-sponsored a lecture for UWG business students. Kelvin Hall, General Manager for the Wal-Mart.com facility in Carrollton visited the Richards College of Business where he spoke to an Introduction to Management class.

Hall discussed career paths, the history of Wal-Mart.com and current trends and philosophies to the class of 35 traditional and international students who eagerly inquired about entrepreneurship and corporate America.

ENACTUS is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The name EN-ACT-US combines the components of entrepreneurial (EN), action (ACT), and us (US).

“This especially gave our international students an opportunity to ask questions about American businesses,” said Monica Smith, Richards College faculty member and advisor for ENACTUS. “Many of the students are also interested in engaging in discussions that will assist them in finding out more about life after graduation.”

The Richards College of Business offers a successful program which allows finance majors from China’s Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) to attend UWG in their senior year and earn degrees in business from both UWG and ZUEL.

ZUEL and traditional students were also able to engage in an in depth discussion with Hall about current topics affecting businesses, including diversity, inclusion and global responsibility.

“I was really impressed with the way the students were able to take their general knowledge about Wal-Mart as consumers and link it with the corporate information Mr. Hall was providing,” said Smith.

In addition to taking out time for the students, Wal-Mart.com also recently awarded UWG a $2,000 grant. The amount will be split between the Center for Economic Education in the Richards College of Business and the UWG Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

The grant will assist the Center for Economic Education in offering programs for area middle and high school economics teachers. The grant will also support the UWG Center for Diversity and Inclusion with its various programs, initiatives, and collaborations to reinforce and increase the campus’ appreciation of and sensitivity to issues related to diversity.

“The vision of the Center for Economic Education is to prepare graduates for their economic roles as workers, consumers and citizens, and Wal-Mart.com is a true partner in achieving that mission,” said Dr. Faye McIntyre, Dean of the Richards College of Business. “We are particularly grateful to Kelvin Hall and Jermaine Jackson of Wal-Mart.com, who made this grant a reality.”

For more information on the Richards College of Business, please visit westga.edu/rcob.

Photo 1:  Mr. Kelvin Hall, General Manager for Wal-Mart.com, speaks with a management class in the Richards College of Business.

Photo 2:  L to R: Dr. Faye McIntyre, Dean and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise; Mr. Kelvin Hall, General Manager for Wal-Mart.com; Ms. Deirdre Rouse, Director of the UWG Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Photo courtesy of Wal-Mart.com