All Campbell University Students Will Receive Private Rooms in Fall 2020 Semester

As part of its ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and prioritize the well-being of students, Sullivan Foundation partner school Campbell University will provide all residential students with private accommodations during the upcoming academic year.

“As we prepare to reopen campus this fall and welcome new and returning students, their health and safety is of the utmost importance,” said Dennis Bazemore, vice president for student life at Campbell. “We believe providing private rooms for all residential students is one of the major steps to achieve that goal.”

“We have reviewed our housing facilities, and we have the space to spread out our residential students, so we have taken this challenge and turned it into an opportunity to benefit them,” Bazemore added.

The university will waive its private room fee of $800.

photo of a Campbell University residence hall where all students will get private rooms for the fall 2020 semester
Students do not need to take any additional steps to receive a private room beyond completing the standard housing application. The application should be submitted by July 15. No further action is required by students who have already submitted the application or received a housing assignment.

Eligible students will still have the option to request to live off-campus.

Campbell University said it will continue to follow CDC recommendations in regards to cleaning and disinfecting campus property. Residence halls will be cleaned and disinfected before move-in. Following move-in, the university will continue to clean and disinfect residence hall public spaces and bathrooms. Residence Life staff will ensure students are maintaining their private spaces appropriately.

This story has been edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Campbell University website.

Video: Solving the Single-Use Plastic Problem With Emma Rose of FinalStraw

The truth about single-use plastic and America’s recycling problem comes to light as Kevin Edwards of Real Leaders Magazine gets insights from Emma Rose, founder and CEO of FinalStraw in this exclusive interview. As a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics, Rose and her company design and create Foreverables, described as “responsibly made, badass products.” The FinalStraw itself is a sleek, smartly designed, highly portable and totally reusable straw (available in a wide range of appealing colors) that comes in a small case you could easily attach to your keychain.

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In this far-ranging discussion of the zero-waste movement and the mission of FinalStraw, Rose explains why paper isn’t necessarily better than plastic, why recycling isn’t the be-all end-all solution to waste, and the problem of biodegradable plastics. “The problem is in single-use,” Rose explains. “Straws aren’t the problem, it’s the way we consume products and throw them away … What we’re trying to do is kind of retrain people to think not only about where does the product go when you throw it away but also what goes into making that product and how can we redesign things so that we’re not wasting all these materials and energy and fuel to make something that lasts 30 seconds and then we throw it away.”

About Real Leaders Magazine: Located on the web at, Real Leaders Magazine is the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine. Real Leaders aims to inspire better leaders for a better world, a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. Click here to subscribe to Real LeadersFor more Real Leaders video content, check out their Youtube page here.

Imani Belton, Gabriel Dias Receive Sullivan Awards at Winthrop University

Sullivan Foundation partner school Winthrop University recognized two graduating seniors—Imani Belton of Simpsonville, South Carolina (pictured above), and Gabriel Dias of Joinville, Brazil—for their service to the campus and community with prestigious Sullivan Awards on May 6.

Since Winthrop’s campus is closed due to the pandemic, the award winners were announced on Facebook.

“We are extremely proud to present these awards each year,” said Shelia Higgs Burkhalter, vice president for student affairs at Winthrop. “Even though we could not celebrate these recipients in person, we still wanted to acknowledge their hard work, service, commitment and leadership that positively impacted Winthrop. These students have left their mark on our university, and we are very grateful for each one’s contributions.”

photo of Imani Belton, winner of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at Winthrop University

Imani Belton

Imani Belton, an integrated marketing communication major, received the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. Belton is the outgoing chair of Winthrop’s Council of Student Leaders (CSL). During her tenure, she regularly gave student body updates to Winthrop’s Board of Trustees. Belton has served as an Academic Success Center tutor, Diversity Peer Educator, Peer Mentor and as a member of the Leadership Institute for First-Timers (LIFT) conference planning committee. She previously served as the CSL’s public relations committee co-chair. Belton also received the division’s Diversity and Student Engagement Award.

Belton is a first-generation college student, and Winthrop was recently recognized by the Center for First-generation Student Success for its efforts to create a positive, productive experience for students like her. “Throughout my time at Winthrop, I’ve been able to connect with first-generation faculty, staff and students, which has made my collegiate experience 10 times better because of bonds we’ve created,” Belton said at the time. “Being a first-generation student is a point of pride for me and other Winthrop students who have benefited from learning on a campus that provides outreach and services for students like us.”

photo of Gabriel Dias, winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Winthrop University

Gabriel Dias, winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, is captain of the men’s tennis team and a noted scholar-athlete.

Business administration major Gabriel Dias captured the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A member and two-time captain of the men’s tennis team, Dias displayed leadership on and off the court. He represented Winthrop and the Big South Conference on the student advisory group for the NCAA. The highly selective group consisted of just 32 student-athletes from across the country. Dias also served as president of Winthrop’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council and as a member of the CSL. He stood out in the classroom, earning a spot on the Big South Conference All-Academic Team during his junior year.

This article has been edited from the original story appearing on the Winthrop University website.

Free Webinar: How to Amplify Engagement and Connections Online

A panel of experts, including Sullivan Ignite Retreat facilitator Chad Littlefield, will present an interactive, fish bowl-style, collaborative webinar titled “Top 10 Tips & Activity Ideas That Amplify Engagement & Connections Online,” at 4 p.m. (ET), Monday, May 11.

Click here to register for the webinar.

This webinar is ideal for all educators, leaders, experiential trainers and event organizers who must now deliver or manage groups in virtual settings.

Without all of the natural, organic interactions we get when working face-to-face with colleagues, students and clients, it’s important to know how to create and nurture meaningful connection and active engagement online. It’s also important to mix it up to avoid “Zoom burnout.” Discover what works to create and build engagement and connections in virtual settings from a panel of nine self-proclaimed ‘explorers.’

Chad Littlefield & Will Wise from We and Me
Lisa Hunt & Phil Brown from High 5 Adventure Learning Center
Mark Collard from playmeo
Dr. Amy Climer from Climer Consulting
Jenny Sauer-Klein from Play on Purpose
Nate Folan from Nate Folan Consulting
Tracey Ezard, author of The Buzz

Each panelist will share their No. 1 virtual meeting tip together with one or more activities that showcase their idea followed by a crowdsourced Q&A. This event will likely be very different from many of the dry webinars you have experienced recently. Think “short and sweet” times nine!

This live webinar will be limited to the first 500 attendees, so join early if you want a spot. Click here to register!

Bellarmine University Student Helping Lead Top Distiller’s Hand Sanitizer Production

During World War II, distilleries produced industrial-strength alcohol that was used to make plastics, medical supplies, antifreeze and smokeless gunpowder to support the war effort.

Distilleries have now joined the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by producing hand sanitizer, which has alcohol as its main ingredient, on an industrial scale.

Jonathan Richtarsic, who is working on his executive master’s in business administration at Sullivan Foundation partner school Bellarmine University, is helping with production of hand sanitizer at Sazerac, the parent company of Buffalo Trace Distillery. As bottling project manager, “My part in this process was to lead the project team and get the end-to-end business started,” he said.

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The Sazerac Company, the largest producer of distilled spirits in North America, started initial production of hand sanitizer on March 27 at Buffalo Trace in Franklin County, Ky., followed by its Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro, and has since been rolling it out to all its locations across the country, including Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Ky., and the Northwest Ordinance Distilling (NOD) plant in New Albany, Ind.

The distillery is responding to requests for hand sanitizer from the healthcare, government, military, retail, distribution, airline, pharmacy, and banking industries.

“Many of these organizations are desperate, as supplies have dwindled,” Matt Maimone, Sazerac’s chief operating officer, said in a news release. “We have received requests to date for over 5 million bottles of sanitizer, which we are prepared to meet, and possibly more.”

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced on April 15, meanwhile, that its member distilleries have collectively produced and donated nearly 125,000 gallons of hand sanitizer across Kentucky to frontline workers, hospitals and healthcare facilities. (Sazerac is not a KDA member.)

To put that amount into perspective, KDA President Eric Gregory said 125,000 gallons of hand sanitizer would equal more than 630,000 “fifths” of whiskey, or 750ml bottles as they are labeled today.

Distillers are following Food and Drug Administration guidelines for production and labeling that is consistent with the World Health Organization sanitizer formulation, Gregory said.

This article has been edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Bellarmine University website.


Nicole Kelner and Jordan Bowman Talk With Spud Marshall in Next “Navigating the Unknown” Webinar

The next installment of the Sullivan Foundation’s “Navigating the Unknown” webinar series features Nicole Kelner, the cofounder of a social enterprise that teaches coding to children, and Jordan Bowman, one of the founders of Pledge My Check, a unique website that encourages Americans to use their stimulus checks to do good in the world.

Hosted by Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, the webinar will be streamed on Instagram Live at 12 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, May 6. Here’s more information about the guests:

Nicole Kelner

Nicole Kelner, Coding Space
As co-founder and COO of Coding Space, Nicole Kelner is on a mission to use technology for good. Coding Space is an after-school and online coding program in which kids and students of all ages learn to code while developing critical thinking skills. The program has taught 2,500 kids in grades K-12 how to code, with classes ranging from beginner and advanced levels to GirlCode. Kelner also founded, a women-led personal development Slack community that has grown to more than 900 women and provides peer support to help members become their strongest selves.


Jordan Bowman

Jordan Bowman, Pledge My Check
Jordan Bowman, cofounder of Pledge My Check, is a senior at North Carolina State University and a past attendee of the Sullivan Foundation’s Ignite Retreats. He and his colleagues recently created the Pledge My Check website to encourage Americans in financially stable positions to donate all or part of their coronavirus stimulus checks to help other people in need. At present, the site has collected pledges totaling more than $130,000. Bowman also launched Journeymen Triangle, a mentoring organization that teaches emotional intelligence to middle- and high-school boys.

Related: Learn more about Pledge My Check here.

“Navigating the Unknown” Webinar Series Features Brin Enterkin and Kaveh Sadeghian

This week’s installment of the Sullivan Foundation’s “Navigating the Unknown” webinar series features two leaders in entrepreneurial education: Brin Enterkin of the Watson Institute and Kaveh Sadeghian of the Center for Social Impact Strategy. Hosted by Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, the webinar will be streamed on Instagram Live at 12 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, April 29.

Beginning this week, the “Navigating the Unknown” series will feature only one webinar per week instead of the previous schedule of two per week. Here’s more information about this week’s guests:|

Brin Enterkin

Brin Enterkin, The Watson Institute
With locations in Boulder Colorado, Boca Raton, Florida and Guatemala City, Guatemala, the Watson Institute is “a reimagined model of education for next-generation innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs,” according to its website. The Institute’s courses and workshops are designed to empower students to build impactful and successful careers while developing solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Enterkin, who serves as executive director of the Institute’s Boulder location, previously founded the African SOUP, a nonprofit that operates a nursery school, a nutritional outreach program, sustainability projects and a national education program aimed at revitalizing Uganda’s teaching methods. A graduate of Sullivan Foundation partner school Berry College, Enterkin also co-founded Mpower Biomass Energy Company, a commercial renewable energy company in Uganda, and has been recognized as a Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur. Her articles, including “Top 6 Ways to Join an African Rise” and “The Only Road Out of Africa,” have been published in the Huffington Post.

a photo of Kaveh Sadeghian

Kaveh Sadeghian

Kaveh Sadeghian, The Center for Social Impact Strategy
Sadeghian is the creative director and founding member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy and a faculty member for the Executive Program in Social Innovation Design. He designs and facilitates leadership development programs, leveraging leading practices in organizational psychology and design thinking to help impact leaders work more effectively and compassionately. Outside of teaching, Sadeghian consults for high-impact organizations and speaks at purpose-driven conferences, designing and leading interactive workshops that increase clarity, confidence and community. According to the Center’s website, he has trained more than 4,000 impact leaders, and the online programs he helped design have reached more than 90,000 learners to date. Prior to co-founding the Center, Sadeghian was a change manager for Ashoka, where he managed the development, launch and expansion of a nationwide high school social entrepreneurial incubator program.


Dr. Stephanie Raible Seeks Social Entrepreneurs to Participate in Leadership Study

Dr. Stephanie Raible of the University of Delaware (UD) is seeking experienced, full-time social entrepreneurs to participate in a study titled, “Social Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Leadership or Responsible Leadership.”

Dr. Raible is an assistant professor of social entrepreneurship at UD and leads campus efforts in social entrepreneurship through her joint appointment between UD’s Department of Human Development & Family Sciences and Horn Entrepreneurship, the creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at UD.

Dr. Raible is also the 2020 chair for the Social Entrepreneurship SIG of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, she is a Faculty Fellow of the Sullivan Foundation and served as the Winter 2020 Faculty Director of the UD Winter Session in Berlin and Munich, Germany, where she taught a course titled “International Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Germany.”

Here is the approved description of the study:

“Experienced, full-time social entrepreneurs wanted to participate in the study, Social entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial leadership or responsible leadership, which aims to explore the leadership approaches, philosophies, and practices of individuals who have been full-time within their social entrepreneurial roles for 3.5 years or longer in the United States. I am inviting you to participate in this study participating in a one-on-one phone, Zoom, or Skype interview. The purpose of the interview is to hear more about how social entrepreneurs experience view their roles as leaders both within and outside their organizations. The information learned from this study may help educators and mentors increase their understanding of how social entrepreneurs experience their roles as leaders. For their participation in this study, eligible participants will be offered a $25 online gift card. To volunteer your participation or confirm your eligibility to participate, please contact Dr. Stephanie Raible at; please note, direct messages outside of email will be redirected to email channels and promptly deleted.”


This Week’s “Navigating the Unknown” Features Four Cutting-Edge Social Entrepreneurs

The Sullivan Foundation’s “Navigating the Unknown” webinar series returns this week with four cutting-edge social entrepreneurs in the fields of digital media, professional training and education. Guests this week are Romain Vakilitabar of Pathos Labs and Justin Simpkins of WYRD on Wednesday, April 22, and Victor Saad of Experience Institute and Monica Tinyo of Hudson Lab School and Prehype on Friday, April 24.

Hosted by Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, the webinars will be streamed on Instagram Live at 12 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, April 22, and 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, April 24. Here’s more information about this week’s guests:

Romain Vakilitabar

12 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, April 22
Romain Vakilitabar, Pathos Lab

Romain Vakilitabar is founder and chief artist of Pathos Labs, a nonprofit laboratory that works to increase compassion and mutual understanding by leveraging entertainment, media and technology – including virtual reality (VR) – to create narratives that change deeply ingrained biases and beliefs. “We believe that implicit bias is born when there isn’t necessarily the room or platform for people of different identities to engage with one another,” Vakilitabar explained in a promotional video for Pathos Labs. “And so with VR, we’re focused on creating a point of exposure to the different identities that exist beyond your relatively small and enclosed echo chamber.”



Justin Simpkins

Justin Simpkins, WYRD
Justin Simpkins and his team at WYRD (pronounced “weird”) are building a new category of culture by modernizing the many pathways to civic engagement. According to its website, WYRD “is built on the belief that in order to solve our world’s biggest challenges, we need to organize and direct a paid workforce to fully carry out the most impactful solutions.” Working with a network of experts, freelancers and producers who want to use their skills to improve the world, WYRD helps brands “take ownership over solving challenges like never before” and allows consumers to work with their favorite brands to address issues in their communities. “WYRD breaks down our biggest challenges into bite-sized milestones, allowing for progress to seem attainable,” the website states.



Victor Saad

5 p.m. (ET), Friday, April 24
Victor Saad, Experience Institute

Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the field of education in 2015, Victor Saad founded Experience Institute (EI) as a place where college students and career professionals could learn and grow through short-term, real-world experiences. According to its website, EI “works with institutions and companies to help define experience-based learning paths at various seasons of life and work.” During the COVID-19 crisis, EI has offered workshops and coaching to help teams and managers make the switch to remote work, including instruction in using the phone, video and other digital communication tools effectively. EI also developed the “What’s Worth Doing” deck of cards “for life’s big (and small) decisions.”


Monica Tinyo

Monica Tinyo, Hudson Lab School and Prehype
Monica Tinyo is a digital fabrication and maker specialist for Hudson Lab School in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. As a designer with a masters degree from the Parson School of Art and Design, she “aimed to make products and services that help facilitate experience-based learning for all ages.” She has worked as the Tinkering Teacher at Camp Hudson, providing kids with the tools “to be ambitious through planning, collaboration and hands-on testing.” Hudson Lab School is a personalized, project-based K-8 school in New York that “integrates collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based learning and thoughtful self-reflection with the academic fortitude of a classical liberal arts education,” according to its website. Hudson Lab School’s 26-acre campus allows a combination of indoor and outdoor classroom approaches. Tinyo is also the entrepreneur-in-residence at Prehype, a New York collective of entrepreneurial people who help each other build new ventures.


Four Amazing Social Innovators Headline “Navigating the Unknown” Webinars on April 15 and April 17

The Sullivan Foundation’s “Navigating the Unknown” webinar series features four leading social innovators this week—Jarren Small of Reading With a Rapper and Gabrielle Deculus of Business Rules for Women on Wednesday, April 15, and d’Arcy Lunn of A Spoonful of Change and Ronan “Chalky” Mac Domhnaill of Cred on Friday, April 17.

Hosted by Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, the webinars will be streamed on Instagram Live at 12 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, April 15, and 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, April 17. Here’s more information about this week’s guests:

photo of Jarren Small, founder of Reading With a Rapper

Jarren Small

12 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, April 15
Jarren Small, Reading With a Rapper
Small is the cofounder of an innovative educational curriculum called Reading with a Rapper (RWAR), an interactive learning program that uses relatable, innovative tools and metrics to teach English Language Arts (ELA) skills to students in grades 4-12. RWAR helps students hone their reading and writing skills through a series of activities and exercises built around rap songs with socially conscious lyrics, video content and technology. Students learn how to relate real-world concepts expressed in rap music to literature and writing. As an added bonus, the kids get to meet and learn from up-and-coming hip-hop artists as well as established hitmakers like Meek Mill.

Gabrielle Deculus

Gabrielle Deculus, Business Rules for Women
With more than a decade of experience in nonprofit and for-profit branding, marketing, public relations, fundraising, development and social media engagement, Deculus founded Business Rules for Women, a burgeoning media platform for emerging entrepreneurs, in 2015. Business Rules for Women reaches over 1 million women each month through online content created for women in business. Deculus celebrated the company’s fifth anniversary this year with its first-ever virtual business conference held April 3-5. The conference’s panel discussions focused on a variety of topics, including building multiple revenue streams; monetizing social media; starting and scaling a business; the influence of women of color in business; and optimizing business systems processes and strategies.

d’Arcy Lunn

5 p.m. (ET), Friday, April 17
d’Arcy Lunn, Teaspoons of Change

A native of Australia, d’Arcy Lunn started his career as an educator teaching in a remote Aboriginal school in the country’s outback. He founded Teaspoons of Change to demonstrate that even small personal choices, decisions or actions can have a positive impact on people and the planet. He has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on the subject and worked on the ground in development with UNICEF in South Sudan, Uganda, Pakistan and other countries. His other projects include Happy, simply, a sustainable lifestyle model and education project and Polio Points, an award and reward system helping to end polio.

Ronan “Chalky” Mac Domhnaill

Ronan “Chalky” Mac Domhnaill, Cred
As founder and CEO of Cred Solutions and Cred Global, Domhnaill wants to inspire people around the world to make behavioral change stick and to take 3 billion actions by 2030 to support the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Cred offers a personal development app that breaks down high-level competencies into specific “action checklists” that can be repeated on a daily basis, allowing users to track their developmental progress. Cred Global’s live webinars feature discussions with changemakers like d’Arcy Lunn of Teaspoons of Change; Danielle Chiel, founder and CEO of Knit One Change One (KOCO); and Mick Hase, founder of seventeenX and Sip4Sip. Cred Global also offers the “I Am Still Learning” podcast and the Cred.15 series of 15-minute webinars that help social innovators start and end their days. Cred’s tribe are described as changemakers age 18-75, including founders, entrepreneurs and social impact activists and other leaders of change.