MAcc Association recognized for community service efforts

Published: 2014-05-09

Citing tremendous involvement in a number of community service programs, The Ohio State Office of Outreach and Engagement awarded Fisher’s Master of Accounting Association its Student Organization Award for Excellence in Community Service Programming.

Sabah Sufi and Emily Topp

MAcc Association members Emily Topp and Sabah Sufi accepted the award during a recent ceremony at the Ohio Union.

“Collectively, the group is very passionate about community service,” Sufi said. “It’s a great bond we all share.”

The MAcc Association was recognized for a number of its outreach initiatives, including:

  • The Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits (FETCH!) program, in which volunteers spent time in fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms leading a game that teaches budgeting, saving and smart spending lessons
  • MAcc Gives Back, a volunteer program in which 50 MAcc students, professors, alumni and staff from Fisher spent time at eight Columbus non-profits including the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Dress for Success, and the Ronald McDonald House
  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, where students provided free tax preparation to individuals and families in the Columbus area

“We had a great response from everybody for all the fall and spring events,” Topp said. “It was rewarding to see a majority of our class and faculty participating and giving back to the community.”

Fisher’s Center for Operational Excellence (COE) and teams from the college’s Marketing Projects course were among more than 100 exhibitors at the annual Outreach and Engagement Forum. The COE presented the many ways it engages with students and the business community, including through professional development and networking events.

Students in the capstone Marketing Projects course collaborated with the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) in the fall of 2013 on a semester-long project. The QOVF is a non-profit organization with a support base of 10,000 quilters nationwide that craft quilts for veterans touched by war. Students in the class worked in teams of six to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for QOVF, including conducting primary research -- with veterans, individual and corporate donors, quilters and staff members -- and competitive analysis, developing positioning strategy and recommending marketing tactics to enhance QOVF’s impact.

Executives from QOVF briefed the class at the start of the semester and judged the final presentations at the end of the semester. They gave feedback to each team, and selected a student from the winning team, Joshua Beard, to serve as a board member for their organization. Fisher faculty member Shashi Matta taught this capstone class.

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