Undergraduate, MPA, and Eller MBA students at UA's Eller College of Management give back to the community
350 undergraduate and master’s students complete volunteer and charitable work in Tucson.
TUCSON, Ariz. – November 25, 2008 – This month, approximately 350 students in business and public administration at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management turned their considerable organizational skills to volunteer and charitable works throughout Tucson.
On November 22, 250 undergraduate students volunteered for Tucson nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, Arts for All, and Ben’s Bells. The effort was part of Eller College Philanthropy, a college-wide day of giving now in its seventh year. “We approach different nonprofits in the community and explain that we have a huge student workforce that we can deploy to complete big projects,” says Sarah Diaz, coordinator of career initiatives at the Eller College. “Most of the time, the projects are heavy-duty or time-intensive, like interior painting—things that the organizations don’t always have the human resources to complete.”
On November 24, first- and second-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) students delivered all the ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner–turkey, cranberry sauce, side dishes, and dessert–to five families from the Southside Community School. First-year MPA Ryan Ball brought the idea to the MPA Student Association and collected monetary and non-perishable food item donations from about 60 MPA students, as well as from faculty and staff of the School of Public Administration and Policy (SPAP). The collection followed the model established by the Anthony Robbins Foundation's Basket Brigade project. "The spirit of giving and random acts of kindness show the selflessness of the students of the MPA program,” said Ball. “Thanks to their support, along with that of SPAP faculty and staff, the Basket Brigade was a true success.”
On November 19, Eller MBA staff pitched in on the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home that MBA students have worked on every Saturday since the end of October. “The Eller MBA program believes in community within and outside of the University,” says Kristina Wagner Cook, MBA program manager. “We stress the need to think beyond the walls of the university or business community and believe that the talent and motivation Eller attracts to Tucson each year should benefit the community as a whole.” Eller MBAs coordinated the effort to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and the house will be complete in spring 2009.
“We’re currently dealing with economy-wide fallout from corporate decision making that can, in part, be traced to greed,” says Eller College dean Paul R. Portney. “For that reason, it’s especially nice to see that there is a new generation of socially responsible business and public administration students on the way up.”
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #12 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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