Students who skateboard around campus will be happy to see a few new additions to campus thanks to student sustainability fees. Zach Lemons, political science major ‘19, has been involved with BIG since his freshman year when he joined Enactus. Like any good entrepreneur, he identified a problem and went about finding a proper solution.
Zach is extremely involved on campus. He’s an RA for Eagle Village, SOAR Leader, Southern Ambassador and active member of several student organizations. His preferred means of transportation around campus to classes and events is a skateboard. But, what do you do with your board once you get where you’re going? Usually, the solution is to take it in and set it next to your desk or table but try to keep it out of the way from being a tripping hazard, or just take the bus instead.
The solution, skateboard docks. In Spring of 2018, Zach completed a grant application for Student Sustainability Fees. He did research and found SM10X Skateboard Docks and made the case. “GS Skate Docks is intended to encourage an alternate form of transportation by installing skate docks that enable students to safely and securely lock up their boards while they are on campus.” The docks are like bike racks, but for boards.
Zach connected with the University’s Facilities Department to determine the best locations and estimated cost for installations. The locations determined were the RAC, mid-pedestrium around Lakeside, and Dining Commons. These locations were strategically determined to help encourage students to skate instead of taking the bus or driving. Providing skate docks at these locations give students a secure place to lock up their boards while eating, working out or attending classes.
The docks were installed this fall all thanks to student sustainability fees. Next semester, as he’s completing classes and planning for graduation, Zach will also be promoting these new docks and skateboarding on campus.
Georgia Southern freshman Zachary Lemons is a goal-oriented student with a very clear vision of his future, a future that includes law and a pretzel business.
Though only a sophomore, Lemons is the incoming president for the Enactus student organization. Enactus uses entrepreneurship as a vessel to create a more sustainable world by helping local businesses and other organizations develop sustainable practices.
The organization accomplishes much of its mission through competitions in which students come up with service projects in their communities. Lemons enjoys these competitions where, he says, “everyone wins.”
“I love competing in general, but I also love that Enactus competitions are essentially a competition about who has made a greater impact on their communities,” he said. “It is a club where everyone wins because everyone competes to see who can help their communities the most, which is an amazing thing to me.”
Lemons is a highly motivated and goal-oriented student. He holds a 4.0 GPA, he is a double major in Political Science and Economics, and he plans to go to law school and become a lawyer. In addition, he hopes to start a pretzel business.
The young entrepreneur said when he was a child and his mother would take him to the mall or his father would take him to a football game, they would always buy him a soft, warm, salted pretzel. Ever since, he’s been a fan of the basic, salted pretzel, and hopes that a Zach’s Pretzel Shack can share that pleasure with others.
Through Enactus and the Business Innovation Group (BIG), Lemons gets access to advisors and connections that he believes will lead to his future business and career success. He enjoys connecting with BIG to implement Enactus projects, and has learned a great deal through these interactions.
“To me, entrepreneurship is not being afraid to put it all out there — for what you believe in even when you know that the odds of failing are high,” he said. “The most important character trait for a student seeking to be a business owner is not being afraid to take risks.”