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March 2015


What does this mean to you?


“To much who is given, much is expected” Luke 12:48
What does that mean to you?  Does it mean you SHOULD do something but maybe you aren’t feeling it right now?  Hey, you’ve got a lot on your plate..classes, maybe a job, maybe a sport.  You’ll do something..later when you have more time.
But seriously, the time is now. Trust me, I know how busy us college students can be.  Helping others can be the LAST thing we are thinking of doing because we feel we are in need of help!  We not only need to do something, we are CALLED to do unto others.  Not when things get easier, when we have more time.  It’s kind of like the popular analogy of having sand, rocks, water and pebbles to fit into a container.  How do you do it?  All of it cannot possibly fit in the jar.  But it can. If you put God first (He’s the rocks in the analogy) everything else fits in. Kind of amazing. 
So take a step back.  Make some time to put God first in all you do.  Everything else will fall into place.
Kasey Liebeg~Facilitator

The Ripple Effect

As spring break is approaching, many of you will be adding on extra hours at your service sites, and some of you will even conquer your entire requirement of community service hours this next week. The STLF and Vision Spring Break trips among other options are great ways to fulfill the 40 hour requirement of BUSN200. These trips go across the country and impact many different people and organizations.
Even if you aren’t going across the country with your service site, you are making a huge difference to a wide assortment of people. This just goes to show how big the “ripple effect” that each of you can have is. Think about what you have done at your service site – who have you made an impact on? You might think it is just the few students you have been tutoring or the elderly woman that you visit with while volunteering at a nursing home. But, take a second to look further into your service. Chances are your impact is even greater than you thought.
Say you are volunteering with an after school program in which you tutor about 4 kids whenever you put in a few hours. So, yes, you are making a large impact on the lives of each of these students. Behind the scenes, there are so many people benefitted by this act. Consider the parents of these children – you’re saving them time and effort that they can spend doing other activities with or for their children. The teachers of these students are also greatly benefitted, as their students are more knowledgeable. You’re helping the classmates of these students as well, because once these students you’re working with understand the assignments, they’ll be able to help the other students out. Even the other family members of these four students are benefiting from your effort.
Now take a second to look at your service. Who is benefitting from your “ripple effect”? Just one act can have a significant impact on so many people. For those of you about to take part on any of the spring break volunteering trips, keep this thought in mind as you complete your service. How many people are you personally having a positive impact on? Your impact can be far greater than even you can imagine. 
Thank you,
Hayley- Facilitator 

Be Open Minded

There is a lot that can be learned from BUSN200. Both about yourself, and your community. When going into service, I hope that wherever anybody decides to do so they participate with an open mind. There is always a learning opportunity. Every single person you meet has an untold story with a different perspective, a new idea, or a motivating lesson. Don’t write a person or an organization off just because they’re small or disheveled. They have a world unknown to you, experiences that are completely different, and thoughts that you never would have thought of. Don’t be afraid to talk to others about their lives and situations. Don’t be afraid to branch out. As a BUSN200 student, working through service is a chance for you to rub shoulders with people that aren’t all that similar to you. Learn from these people by being empathetic. Think about what you would do in their shoes. It’s an interesting world out there, and when you have the chance to explore it, dive deep!


Braeden Stamas~ Facilitator


Different Perspective

BUSN200 has different reputations from students, advisors, facilitators, and other staff that sometime seem to cloud the true meaning and purpose of the course. I’m lucky enough to have two perspectives of the program, not only am I a facilitator, but I am also a business student who has yet to take the class.
Before I was hired as a facilitator I had heard of BUSN200, but my view was definitely negative. I got my information straight from fellow business students, and all I knew was that I had to complete 40 service hours in one semester and I wouldn’t even receive a grade (to me this was a negative thing because I believed it could have been an easy “A” to boost my GPA). Several questions ran through my head: “Why is this a requirement for only business students? How will this make me a better business professional? Isn’t ethics class enough? How will I have time? I don’t have a car… how will I get to the site?” It wasn’t because I didn’t want to volunteer, I have always enjoyed, and even been passionate about helping my community in any way. It was just that I wasn’t sure it would be possible, and the fact that I was being forced to do the service made me feel even more uncomfortable.
I know that many, if not all other business students have had many of these same thoughts. I know this not only because I understand the perspective as a fellow student, but because they have expressed these opinions during class, sent in through emails, over the phone, etc. I believe that having students facilitate the course allows for easier conversation on the topic of “why do we have to do this?”, and through conversation students can become more comfortable with this requirement.
To start the conversation, I would like to share the unique perspective I have gained as a facilitator.
I often have to explain over and over that the point of BUSN200 is not to “become a better person”, as people will try to use this exact statement as a learning objective. The statement isn’t a bad one, of course we hope that everyone will aim for constant self-improvement, the statement is just too vague. If I had to pick one simple statement to sum up the “point” of BUSN200 it would be: “to become a better business professional”. This statement can be used for any business course, and again it is vague, but it is more specific than to be a better person. It addresses the reason this requirement is addressed solely to business students, and with a better look at the course material, students begin to see that the knowledge they gain from course discussion is indeed useful as a business man or woman.
At BUSN200 we do our best to help business students become better professionals. We do this by facilitating conversations about non-profits and for-profits and their roles in the community, and by encouraging students to create their own objectives that will help them succeed after graduation.
I often describe the course as a “learn it yourself” course, because even though there are some pieces that are taught while in class, the majority of what a student will learn is taught to them through experience. I believe this is the biggest reason students are “forced” to come up with a site where they will complete forty service hours. It really is meant to be an opportunity; students can choose a site that will encourage their professional skills and success through experience while gaining an understanding of the importance of keeping a healthy community.
These are of course only my own personal observations as a student and facilitator, I’m sure Barbara and my fellow facilitators would have much to add, but like I said, I just wanted to start the conversation.
Erin Smith~Facilitator

BUSN200-ST. Thomas

One of the primary lessons to be gained through Business 200 is the impact that it has with the community around Saint Thomas.  Saint Thomas is well known throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota in general as being a great school that instills a sense of leadership and morality within its students but Business 200 also allows students to actually show the community the skills that they pick up at Saint Thomas.  Whether it is an internship at Finnegans or doing the accounting for a local nonprofit this program presents the opportunity for students to give back to those surrounding Saint Thomas in a way that is beneficial to the non-profits involved, the community, and themselves.   While many students may just see this program as another time commitment needed for graduation, I see it as a gateway to take the blessings we receive at this institution and share them with others.  No matter what the service is, we are given the ability to help better the lives of human beings and in doing so we have the chance to grow ourselves.

Dylan Bakken~BUSN 200 Facilitator