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September 2011

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Our Partners

“Society is joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner’s success as a means for the attainment of his own.”

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)
Austrian School Economist

This year brings many changes to Business 200, many of which are easily recognizable for everyone involved in the course.  However, one of our most pressing goals is harder to quantify, but of the upmost importance as we move into our 20th year.

We have changed the curriculum to develop more meaningful relationships among our staff and students, and students with each other during their service involvements.  The staff has determined that this new focus on building relationships needs to extend beyond the campus to our community nonprofit partners.

Business 200 has partnered with over 3000 nonprofits since our beginning in 1991. Additionally, students involved with BUSN200 provide on average 35,000 hours of service per year.  With so many sites and limited staff in the past, we have built lasting relationships with some partners; but this year we plan to extend our connections to more of our partners.

With an increase in staff, a great new center, and a new approach, we are determined to build lasting relationships with as many community partners as we can.  We want to know your service needs, goals, stories and help build a partnership that is mutually beneficial and lasting.

Stop by our new Center in McNeely 217!  We have an open-door policy, with someone here to greet you during all normal business hours; stay tuned for exciting events we will be hosting; and send us marketing material and service needs for the organizations with which you are involved so we can pass that information onto other students we serve.

We look forward to working with our partners for many years to come and are extremely excited about the many changes to our program.  We hope our enthusiasm spreads to you and together we can strengthen our relationships and thus, increase our collective impact on others!

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Why BUSN200?

Why BUSN200?

Opus College of Business undergraduate students are the only students at UST who have a graduation requirement to provide service to a non-profit.  Why?

More logical would be a requirement for students in some other departments or colleges to be engaged in service.  Certainly folks would understand the reason for theology majors or justice and peace study majors having to do service; such a requirement could be argued as consistent with the mission of those majors.  But, business?

But, think about this notion.  As a business professional you are indicating that you want to move into a position of responsibility in an organization.  You are not just planning to work for a company.  You are planning to lead or own a company.  You are preparing to move into a decision-making position in an organization – a position of responsibility.

And one area of responsibility that you will assume is for the long-term viability and profitability of your organization.  You will have people depending upon your wise judgment to ensure their ability to provide for themselves and their families – your employees, your vendors, your suppliers.

Did you realize that the health of the community in which your organization exists is highly correlated to the long-term profitability of your company?

Thus, the health of the community in which your business exists is very important to the long-term health and profitability of your business.  If you want to be certain that you can fulfill your responsibility to your employees and your other stakeholders, you have a responsibility to partnering with the community and working to make certain that the community is healthy.

The health of the community in which your business exists is critical to the health of your business.

So, community engagement is a bottom-line issue.

So, why BUSN200?  You might as well ask:  Why marketing?  Why finance?  Why accounting?  Because you need to be prepared to lead your organization with a long-term focus on success.  It’s your responsibility.  Embrace it!

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Hello world!

Welcome to the new BUSN200 blog!  We hope to use this blog as an engaging way to inform our campus, community non-profit partners, and anyone else who is interested about the amazing, inspirational work that BUSN200 students are doing in our communities.

To illustrate the impact that service learning has on students, the university, and the community, we believe these amazing stories must be told and this blog is one of the new mediums that the BUSN200 Center will be using to bring these stories with you.

Our blog is named “Epiphanies,” inspired by the poem below, which was written by a BUSN200 student upon completion of his course.  The word epiphany is defined as “sudden, intuitive perceptions of or insights into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple or commonplace occurrence or experience.”

Stories will be told, experiences shared, and service learning concepts explored.  Thanks for reading; we hope you enjoy many more posts to come.

Epiphany

Entering, beginning, the first few minutes

Unease, apprehension, sitting down to break the ice

Like a baby’s first word, I catch a boy’s attention

Innocent children in their own world

They don’t need me; they don’t want me

Time, more time – that’s what I need

George, please let me in

One game and another impresses and expresses

Becoming a child again

Instantly, my jagged edge begins to diminish

Kyle, Freddie, Ryan, Melissa, more and more I’m fitting in

Offering advice while showing off

Little hints and friendly thoughts – please heed

I’m here; use me physically, mentally

Open your eyes try new things, challenge yourself

Open my eyes, try new things, challenge myself

Questions then arise:

What is health? What is growth? What is your goal?

Am I the teacher or the student?

Am I the teacher and the student?