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Cook School students, staff, and faculty dedicated their talents, labor, and care to the less fortunate in the Saint Louis community for Service Day 2017 at Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis.
My service leadership journey began three and a half years ago in L27. At SLU 101, I met Ben Smyth and Debbie Barbeau. They were talking about an organization that embodied the Jesuit mission and how we should all become members. I remember thinking, “Well, I came to a Jesuit school for a reason, I might as well take some time to find out what that really means.” I joined the Service Leadership Program because I wanted to be a good person who embodied Jesuit principles and I thought volunteering would help me get there.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the vast majority of its 27 million people living on less than a dollar a day. It is also a country with considerable strategic value because it is sandwiched between two large neighbors: China and India. Until recently, the country was mired in a civil war between the monarchy and the Maoist parties. Since overthrowing its previous king, the country has been trying to draft a new constitution for the last five years.
Oftentimes people ask me how my major in business can impact the community around me. Wouldn’t being a doctor, nurse, or a social worker truly help people in need as opposed to learning about how “money works”? Before joining Service Leadership I did not know how much of an impact being a business major would have on communities and people all around me. I used to think that service meant choosing a service site, volunteering a few times, doing my job, and calling it a day. But being in Service Leadership has taught me the importance of building relationships and truly being in solidarity with the people I am with, even outside of the two hours I commit to my service site every week.
On Friday, April 1st, students from the John Cook School of Business shared in the sprit of service at Lift for Life Gym. Volunteers from the Service Leadership program painted the inside and outside of the youth activity center, cleaned, and landscaped for the 11th annual Service Day.
Our mission was a simple one; we were to embark on a first contact trip to St. Martins De Porres primary school. This was the first trip in a five year contract between the school and SLU to increase educational retention. I have always been very passionate about exploring the world, and trying to understand the diversity behind why people live the way they do. So naturally I was intrigued by the Service Leadership opportunity to go abroad to Belize City, Belize.
Making the commitment to join Service Leadership is a big decision for any incoming SLU freshman. It has been a continual challenge for Service Leaders to fulfill their requirements, but overcoming the challenge is one of the reasons the program is so rewarding. This semester’s student spotlight highlights senior Katelyn Hammarlund. She is a marketing major in the Business School, who dedicated her time and energy to Service Leadership while also playing on the women's’ soccer team. I interviewed Katelyn about the challenges of balancing two huge commitments, and what she learned from her experience.
To address these obstacles, Ferris decided to introduce an academic resource most of his students have absolutely no trouble understanding: Twitter. This popular social media community allows users to curate and share short messages, photos and article links – known as “tweets” – on any topic imaginable. In the last few years, Mark Ferris, Ph.D., has observed a couple of common stumbling blocks for students in his Introduction to Statistics class. Because many of these students are at the early stages of their business education, they aren’t yet familiar with the general business concepts emphasized in statistics textbooks. Students also struggle to apply mathematical concepts and formulas to real-world applications.
This year Service Leaders had the opportunity to participate in the first ever Service Samplings. The Service Samplings were held on October 23rd and November 13th. The Service Samplings gave Service Leaders, primarily those without a service site, a chance to visit various sites in the area to see if there was a site they would be interested in making their permanent site.
Evening MBA students applied concepts they learned in Keane’s advanced management course to guide a new pre-apprenticeship recruitment and training program aimed at bringing more women, minorities and disadvantaged groups into the union construction trades. A more inclusive construction workforce in the St. Louis region is the long-term ambition of an experiential learning project led by Tim Keane, Ph.D., associate professor and executive director of the Emerson Leadership Institute.