Saturday, June 2 was a not only a beautiful to be outside enjoying the sunny weather, it was also a spectacular day to be taking part in the spring 2012 Hearts & Hammers Project Day. Hearts & Hammers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding elderly and disabled homeowners with exterior home improvement projects, was pleased to have members of the Graduate Business Alumni community help for a third year in a row.
The Graduate Business Alumni community will be participating in a Hearts & Hammers project on Saturday, June 2. Hearts & Hammers is a nonprofit organization that provides home improvement assistance to elderly or disabled homeowners in the Twin Cities area so they may continue living independently. If you are unable to take part in our project, you can make a donation to support Hearts & Hammers.
As I was checking off items on my morning to do list, I came across an article posted on LinkedIn titled, People who Volunteer Live Longer which captured my attention.
What a great way to convince more students to volunteer, I think. Not only will it help expand their network, build their resume, but it will also increase their longevity on this planet. Then I read the article. It made me check myself, so to speak. I had it all wrong and maybe I’m not the only one.
At the University of St. Thomas, the victims of the tragedies of 9/11 were remembered and honored during a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Many on campus and in the community were directly affected by the attacks. Tom Burnett, Jr., a Minnesota native, helped divert his plane and fought back againist hijackers on board United Airlines flight 93.
Earlier this week, Best Buy paid special tribute to those who lost their lives and to those who showed bravery that day. The celebration of healing and remembrance allowed the community to come together, share their stories, and to bond with each other through similar experiences.
The UST First Book group ventured off-campus this week for their second reading at Nellie Stone Johnson on the North side of Minneapolis. I was part of a ten person volunteer team that committed an hour of their time to reading to a group of K-4th graders. As part of an after school YMCA program, volunteers read to students for approximately 30 minutes and wrapped up their time with students by giving each student a book of their very own.
Last week BusinessWeek reported that more business school applicants say they want jobs in sustainability and social enterprise.
Many MBA applicants have a dream that one day businesses will rise up and live out the true meaning of their new creeds, which include bottom lines that do more than fatten the wallets of shareholders. They have a dream that one day Wall Street will not be judged by its big bonuses but by the content of its character.
Students here at UST are doing just that. Together with his wife, in 2008 Marco Cavalletti founded the local chapter of a First Book initiative through her company. They have distributed more than 13,000 books to three low-income schools in the Twin Cities.
Last Saturday a group of 15 Full-time UST MBA students, and some of their partners, had the opportunity to help improve the life of starving children around the world by working as volunteers at Feed My Starving Children.
Among its other outreach, FMSC is helping relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake there:
- When the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 3 million FMSC meals were already on the ground with our Haiti-based mission partners.
- Since the earthquake hit, 6 million meals have been shipped to Haiti from FMSC warehouses.
- Thousands of meals have been airlifted into Haiti and are being distributed.