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Sarah Solfelt swimming.

In addition to her many other activities, Sarah Solfelt is captain of the University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team.

Life in the fast lane

Carlson School senior works to leave a lasting impression

By Suzy Frisch

Published on December 29, 2004

By her own admission, Sarah Solfelt isn't happy unless she has her schedule loaded with a whirlwind of activities, athletics, and of course, academics. Judging by her accomplishments over the last three years, she also is the type of person who strives to leave a lasting mark on the organizations she gets involved with. The University has honored her efforts with the Donald R. Zander Outstanding Student Leadership Award.

Zander Award candidates must first apply for the President's Student Leadership and Service Award; the top 10 recipients are then asked to interview for the Zander Award, which is traditionally is given to one male and one female undergraduate to recognize their exceptional academic achievement, personal character, and outstanding leadership and service of institution-wide significance.

Solfelt, 22, certainly meets those criteria. She is captain of the University of Minnesota women's swimming and diving team; a founding member and leader of Truth in Business, a faith-based business student organization; a hall representative in her dorm; and a senior athlete representative for Minnesota to USA Swimming (the governing body for the sport in the United States). She manages all that while maintaining a 3.95 grade point average as a finance major.

"I love to give back to people and invest time in people's lives, and I thrive in an environment where I can serve other people," says Solfelt, a native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. "With swimming and school and Truth in Business, I want to leave a lasting impression and make something better than when I found it."

Truth in Business is a club started by a handful of students in 2003 who wanted to create a forum outside of class for students to discuss business ethics and integrity in the workplace. Teaming up with the MacLaurin Institute, a Christian study center on the U of M campus, the organization helped plan a monthly lecture series called Faith in the Marketplace, which featured speakers from across the country. The organization also held weekly sessions, during which students discussed various business ethics-related topics. This year, Solfelt plans to develop a mentor program between Truth in Business and business people from the Twin Cities area.

From an original article in Carlson School, fall 2004.