By Jack McClellan
Office of Media Relations
November 6, 2017
Net Impact, an international organization based on sustainability in business, named the Texas State University undergraduate chapter in the McCoy College of Business Administration Chapter of the Year for 2017.
The honor marks Texas State’s third Chapter of the Year award in its seven years of participation with Net Impact.
"This award is the result of a very successful academic year that our chapter had," said senior Nikita Demidov. A finance major, Demidov has been a member of Net Impact since spring 2016. "The members worked on a variety of projects, from educating Bobcats about good financial habits and the issue of student debt, to consulting Fortune 500 companies on business challenges that they face today. Our members led over 10 impactful projects during last year and achieved outstanding results, which made it possible for us to become the Chapter of the Year."
In 2017, the McCoy College Net Impact chapter worked on projects ranging from reducing the environmental impact of a motorcycle race at Circuit of the Americas near Austin, to creating a business model based on social digitization at UniGame, a conference sponsored by Unilever.
"My participation has given me opportunities that no other student organization could offer," said Texas State senior Joseph Fischer. "From volunteering at the Circuit of the Americas, traveling all over the country, and representing Texas State to the rest of the world, Net Impact has allowed me to think outside the box and develop innovative solutions without templates. Net Impact has allowed me to grow personally and professionally, and connect with other amazing and ambitious students."
Fischer, who is majoring in finance with an economics minor, has participated in Net Impact for more than three years.
The Chapter of the Year is chosen from among all gold status Net Impact chapters. To achieve gold status, a chapter must lead Net Impact signature programming, engage its local community and contribute to the Net Impact community.
"At the university level, Texas State University's mission values student-centered education dedicated to excellence and innovation through creative research projects focused on stewardship of resources and the environment," said Texas State senior lecturer Janet Hale, the chapter’s faculty advisor. "Net Impact embeds these values and works to make a positive impact through projects."
Net Impact works with both students and professionals, and has a membership of over 100,000 worldwide. The McCoy College chapter started in 2010. Participation is open to students of all majors.
"We have a strong, hard-working group of students in Net Impact that go above and beyond the status quo," Fischer said. "We are proud to have won this award, because it shows our members that the hard work they put in pays off, and represents to the rest of the world that Texas State is an amazing place and school."
About Texas State University
Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 181,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.