Business Students Launch 'Poverty by the Numbers'

ferrispovertybynumbers275-qcnCook School professor Mark Ferris with staff from the Center for Service and Community Engagement during the “Poverty by the Numbers” event. Submitted photo

Last month approximately 50 students from the John Cook School of Business and their friends participated in the inaugural “Poverty by the Numbers” 5K Run and 2.5K Walk.

Students selected Angel Baked Cookies to receive all donations that were raised at this inaugural event. Angel Baked is a social enterprise of North Grand Neighborhood Services that empowers youth through employment, training and personal development.Professor Mark Ferris and his students had the idea for a running event on campus that would combine fitness, statistics and reducing poverty. They decided to sponsor a race where participants would predict their completion time and win prizes for the closest to actual time. Organizers challenged runners and walkers to raise money for a community initiative aimed at reducing poverty.

SLU student Phil Gallon completed the 5K with a time that was only 15 seconds from his predicted time. SLU’s Center for Service and Community Engagement and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics co-sponsored the event.

Ferris and the Evidential Scholars, a student chapter of the American Statistical Association at SLU, plan to host another “Poverty by the Numbers” event in the spring. For more information, or to get involved, contact Mark Ferris at 977-3809 or ferrisme@slu.edu.

Reposted from SLU.edu / December 16, 2014

Leah Sweetman


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