Posts filed under 'Community Service'



Photos from Fisher Follies Auction

Fisher Follies Auction had wonderful donations from our student, faculty & staff! (Click here for more information on Fisher Follies.) Here are some quick facts and photos from the auction:

Number of donations at this year’s auction: 134

Amount of money raised at this year’s auction: $19,708

Julian and Alycia

Two beautiful ladies getting ready for the big event. Thank you, Julian & Alycia!

Most popular items were…. are you ready?

1. A Winter BBQ at “The Sanctuary” for 20 Donated by Professors Larry Inks and Tony Rucci Raised $2,520
2. C-Suite Mentoring Trip to Chicago for 3 Donated by Professor Shashi Matta Raised $2,200

3. Two sets of 2 Fisher Suite football tickets in the Horseshoe (for one conference game and one non-conference game) plus invitations to the official Fisher Tailgate at the Blackwell Hotel. Donated by Dean Christine Poon Raised $1,500

I donated a vintage Japanese wedding kimono.

Follies auction

Wedding kimono

All of us were having so much fun, I don’t think anyone wanted to leave when it was over.

Gift basket

Child’s gift basket

 

Wine basket

Wine basket & Tickets to see Conan

Live auction

Live auction


Need a Study Break? Volunteer!

Feel like you’re swimming in notes, practice problems, and formula sheets?  That’s certainly how I feel when the end of the term rolls around and I start to look over everything we’ve learned over the past seven weeks in the MAcc program.

In all honesty, we’re given plenty of time to study for our finals.  Enough time, in fact, that twenty of us MAccers took a break on Thursday to volunteer at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  We wrapped up a holiday season canned food drive by packing a total of 647 boxes of food for the CSFP program.  The food bank’s Commodity-Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides a monthly box of nutritious food to low-income seniors.

A great place to do some community service!

After community service, I wrapped up the week with all of my friends at the MAcc Autumn reception.  We enjoyed dinner with Fisher faculty and staff, which was followed by a keynote speech by MAcc alumnus Jeff Howard and the recognition of two autumn graduates of our program.  It was an especially nice way to end the semester and see classmates and faculty before leaving town over break.

My apologies for the short post, but it’s back to studying for me.  After finals, I’ll be traveling to London, Paris, and Nuremberg, Germany, so no worries – there are many exciting posts to come!!


Fisher Serves – Working at the Animal Shelter

Fisher Serves is a student organization at the Fisher College of Business that reaches out to the community by providing service at non-profit organizations. All students from the various programs within the college are able to participate in this organization that gives back to the Columbus, OH community.

For the Fisher Serves day of service, I was asked to help at one of the local animal shelters here in Columbus. I was excited to attend but was given a simple disclosure from my wife that I was not to bring home any animals. Lucky for her, I didn’t.

When the group got to the shelter we were given a list of assignments that needed to be completed. The staff at the shelter was very friendly and made our day of service fun and enjoyable. Here is a brief list of some of the activities that the MBAs were able to help with while volunteering at the animal shelter:

  • Walking Dogs
  • Dog Obedience Training
  • Cleaning Kennels
  • Playing With Kittens
  • Washing Dog Dishes
  • Preparing Dog Treats

The day was full of fun and although it sounds like a lot of fun and easy activities, I was surprised at how tired I was after being on my feet for the whole afternoon.

I am happy to say that all of the MBAs left without an injury or wound. Even more importantly, we all left feeling a sense of gratitude for the opportunities that we have in life to reach out and serve others. I am grateful for the Fisher Serves organization and I truly feel that it helps mold more balanced MBAs during their time at Fisher.


Serving the Community – ‘Fisher Serves’

One of the biggest things that forms an ingrained part of the MBA program here at Fisher is developing a sense of responsibility of giving back to the society. The faculty and the staff make sure they lead by example by continuously involving themselves in events such as Pelotonia, Fisher 5K, and Fisher Follies in an effort to raise money for charitable purposes. Along with the academic excellence, such a commitment forms the core of the values instilled by Fisher to the students.

Inspired, I participated last week in Fisher’s Community Service Day. This is an annual volunteering event organized by FisherServes, a graduate student organization committed to promoting awareness towards civil and social responsibilities. Community Service Day is celebrated to help and support the local Columbus communities by making small contributions in their day to day working and showing our appreciation and patronage to these communities.

Steven Fields @ The Huntington Bank

This year the event was in partnership with The Huntington National Bank. The day started with the keynote speech by Steven Fields, President of  The Huntington Foundation, who emphasized upon the mutual benefits that the community as well as the volunteers reap by participating in such activities. He mentioned that the camaraderie and bonding that such an event establish among individuals in an important take away that corporations have. This year there were six projects on which the students participated:

1. Mid – Ohio Food Bank: Helping by preparing newsletter to help spread a word about the cause.

2. Faith Mission Homeless Shelter: Helping by harvesting and maintaining community garden from where all food harvested goes towards feeding the homeless.

3. Animal Shelter: Helping by taking care of pets, cleaning their shelter, and doing various other associated tasks.

4. YWCA: Helping by organizing donations for building a women’s shelter.

5. Four Seasons City Farm: Helping the community by harvesting plants for the urban garden. Food harvested from the farm went to benefit food banks and/or homeless shelters.

6. Ronald McDonald House: Cleaning the common areas of this organization which provides housing for families that have to temporarily relocate to Columbus so that their children can receive medical care.

The OSU Team

I participated in the Mid-Ohio Food Bank which is a non-profit organization working for more than 32 years towards obtaining food from potential donors and distributing it to the needy individuals and communities. Here I, along with the team of OSU students, helped prepare newsletter which were to be distributed across Columbus to spread the word and awareness about the organization and the cause it works for.

In the words of Steven Fields, these events not only help the communities but also help the individuals and corporations volunteering towards the noble cause. He mentioned about the ‘collective impact’ that a group can have on these communities and that was exactly what we realized working there. Overall the event gave me a productive and purposeful break from the rigor of the MBA.

Looking forward to more of such opportunities!


Just keep running

For any potential MBA students who love running – Columbus, Ohio is the perfect city for you!

Last weekend, I ran alongside 18,000 other individuals for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. I participated in the 1/2 marathon, and have never seen such inspiration. Each mile marker had a “Patient Champion“, and many of the patient heroes were cheering on the runners. Let me tell you, it was a huge burst of speed when I was starting to get tired at mile 9 and I saw their beautiful, smiling faces! Caution: checking out the video and reading about the heroes may cause tears and feelings of pride knowing that Nationwide Children’s impacts so many families!

Here is the “Race Recap” video!

This was my second 1/2 marathon – and while my feet and my body are finally feeling completely normal one week later, I have already signed up for another half-marathon next spring. Numerous people in the program ran, and my Facebook feed was full of great photos this morning. Those who ran the full marathon even ran through the Shoe!

Columbus is city that is constantly giving back, in huge ways! The Columbus Marathon sold out this year, and thousands of people came out to show their support. Other races, such as the Capital City 1/2 Marathon and the Arthritis Foundation 5k Jingle Bell Walk/Run are some of my favorites! Where else can you find such a generous city?

Even if marathons and half-marathons aren’t your cup of tea, there are hundreds of 5ks, 15ks and Walk/Runs every year in Ohio and near Columbus – RunOHIO is a great website to find out the perfect race for you! Running is a wonderful way to relieve the stress of classes –  and when you’ve already registered for a race, a great motivator to take a small break and exercise.

Happy running!


Columbus gives back

Columbus is a unique city full of great restaurants, of course a large academic community, sports teams, you name it. But this city is also full of service and giving back to the community in pretty extreme ways. Today was a special day for service: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. This event consisted of either a half (13.1 miles) or full marathon (26.2 miles) and included a total of around 18,000 participants! Proceeds for the marathon went directly to the Children’s Hospital mentioned previously and each mile marker of the course shared stories of terminally ill children struggling to fight their disease. There were opportunities to not only run the race, but to volunteer, cheer on the runners, watch, or simply give to the cause. I had several friends run the half and full marathon today and were able to aide the cause. I think I will attempt to train and participate next year!

This the course map for the Columbus Marathon

Another huge, annual event that I was able to participate in this past summer is Pelotonia. In this event, participants bike a designated number of miles with a team or peloton through Columbus and the city outskirts in the fight to end cancer. The bike routes had several mile categories to accommodate all types of riders-I did 25 miles to start out for The Ohio State University team. 100% of all donations and funds raised go to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for cancer research. This event was by far one of the most amazing service events I have ever completed and I hope to be a part of this cause going forward. The event was in August this past year, with donations and fundraising ending this month. The check presentation ceremony in which the final monetary value raised is scheduled for November 5th. Last year they raised around $12 million and I am confident this will be beat this year.  Watch this video to learn more about the cause and join the fight to end cancer. Until next time guys!

 

 


Did You Walk? Run? Crawl? Volunteer? Fisher 5k Success!

The 2012 Fisher 5k has come and gone.  Maybe you ran, maybe you walked, maybe you crawled, or maybe you made the mistake of not getting involved.  If the latter is the case, don’t worry – it’ll be back again next year!  I was lucky enough to attend the event, and here’s what I experienced.

 

Getting ready to start!

The event was incredibly well run.  All runners and walkers were placed in the corral with plenty of time to get rid of the pre-race jitters before the 9.00 start.  There was ample space in the corral too – some races make you feel so packed and uncomfortable while waiting to start, but that was not the case here.  Well done, Fisher 5k!  A member of the OSU Women’s Glee Club sang the national anthem for us, and soon after 9.00 the race began.

Along the race course, volunteers did an excellent job of pointing out the route.  Not once did I question where I was going.  Further, the volunteers did such a great job of cheering on all the participants, even when they had no idea who we were.  These anonymous words of encouragement can really make a big difference during a race – especially if you’re going through a bit of a tough time.

Speaking of the route – wow!  It was a new route this year, and was incredible!  I posted a map of the route, but seeing it firsthand was incredibly different and way awesome.  Participants got to see all portions of campus, and the stretch through Mirror Lake was so picturesque.  There were no laps or repeat stretches of the course, which is always nice too.

Following the race, generous sponsors provided Panera bagels, bananas, apples, oranges, and Nutrigrain bars.  And of course, there was plenty of water and Gatorade for runners to rehydrate with.  These treats are always appreciated when you’re dripping in sweat following your great race.

Can you see all those post-race goodies!?

 

I honestly don’t know what else the Fisher 5k could have done this year to make the event any better.  Operations seemed flawless, all participants I spoke to and saw had a great time, and it looked like a fantastic turnout.  I’ll be very excited to see what the final fundraising dollars are when they are released.  If you were unable to participate in some way this year, make sure you do next year – and remember, even if you’re graduating you can still run/walk/crawl!  Trust me when I say that you won’t regret it.


Fisher 5k – Run, Walk, Crawl, Volunteer!

Hasn’t the weather in May been fantastic so far?  I mean seriously – bright, sunny days…warm temperatures…it’s just the right weather to be outside!

Every year, Fisher does an incredible event in May called the Fisher 5k - you guessed it, a 5k run/walk (or even a crawl, according to Rob).  The Fisher 5k is always a lot of fun, but the heart of the event lies in service, which makes it even better.  It has been an annual event since 2004 and claims the title of the largest 5k on campus.  Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.  Just to brag a little…in 2011, the Fisher 5k raised over $21,000 for the Boys and Girls Club.  Yeah, not too shabby!

Registration for the “race” (it is a race, but you certainly don’t have to treat it like one!) is open!  Further, registration is not open to just students.  Anyone can race – the more the merrier!  The Fisher 5k is also accepting volunteers, if that’s more your style.  Definitely consider getting involved in one of these two ways… I will be!

Looks fun! Such a nice tour of campus!!

Here are the quick facts for the 5k:

  • The race is May 20th at 9.00 AM
  • Preregistration is open, but you can register day of the race from 7.00AM-8.45AM
  • This year features a brand new course that winds through campus!  See the map above.
  • Parking for the event is FREE
  • Post race refreshments (bagels, fruit, beverages) are provided

The weather should be beautiful, you’re supporting a wonderful cause, and you’ll be surrounded by over 1,000 of your favorite Ohio State students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans.  Sign up today and join us for the 2012 Fisher 5k!


A life-changing experience – Join the Buckeye Student Riders

 

 

Community service is an integral part of the MAcc program – you can get in with VITA, preparing tax returns.  FisherCares offers a multitude of opportunities to fundraise and give back.  And trust me, these are just the first two of many that pop into my head.

There’s a relatively new way to give back at Ohio State though, and its the way that I’ve chosen to devote my time and resources – Pelotonia.  Pelotonia is a bike ride (not a race!) that raises money for cancer research here at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center.  100% of every dollar raised comes back to the James, which is an incredible feat.  Pelotonia is giving patients all around the world new hope in their fight against cancer.  Further, the ride is fully supported…this means its an all you can eat, all you can drink, “we’ll fix your bike if you have an issue” kind of ride.  Pretty sweet, huh?

At Ohio State, we have Team Buckeye, and specifically the Team Buckeye Student Riders (of which there is a specific Fisher team).  This team offers students a multitude of benefits, such as a reduced registration fee and lower fundraising minimums.  Its a great way to join a group of students who all have one goal.

This year (Pelotonia 2012) will be my fourth year riding in the event.  Over the years, I’ve seen riders of all skill levels – from those with training wheels to those that live and breathe in spandex.  There’s definitely room for you to ride, and its a great way to connect with the Fisher community while giving back in a meaningful way.

For more information, also check out the Team Buckeye website (and specifically the student team).  There’s certainly a way for you to get involved if and when you choose to join the Ohio State community, whether you volunteer, donate, or ride 25/50/75/100/150/180 miles in the fully supported ride itself.

 

A group of us at the lunch break. Check out our awesome Team Buckeye jerseys!

 

 


Real world experience: VITA Day 1

Friday was the first day of VITA (a volunteer income tax program, with which we complete tax forms for those in need). Everything went very well! Though there were only 10 of us volunteering this evening, we have about 70 volunteers overall. Most are MAcc students, but some are undergraduate or law students. We had a fair amount of online training to prepare for this, so it was fun to actually put the training to use and help people!

Working in teams of two, we used supporting documents and information from “clients” (this is done for free) to fill out federal and state tax returns. The online system we use helps to generate the forms pretty easily and determines the amount of money owed or expected to be refunded. It was wonderful to be able to help people with their questions, and everyone was appreciative! We got done early, but none of us volunteers was in a big hurry to leave, as it is always fun to be able to chat with other MAcc students whenever possible! We will be doing VITA through early March, so be on the lookout for other posts about it.

Some of us after completing the first evening of tax returns!

 


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