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Cans Around Copeland: Business Bobcats make an Impact

Wednesday, November 15 2017 12:00am

The start of a new tradition lends the College of Business opportunities to serve the community and showcase their Bobcat Pride.

By Amanda Byrd

On October 18, 2017, the Ohio University community celebrated as Dr. M Duane Nellis was inaugurated as the university’s 21st President. To honor his inauguration, the College of Business hosted several activities including a new community service tradition, “Cans around Copeland”, to participate in the complimentary thematic days centered around priorities laid out in President Nellis’ investiture. 

The concept of a food drive fit well into both thematic days including “A Day of Service” and “Bobcat Pride Day” as a part of inauguration festivities. The College of Business appointed the President’s Advisory Council (PAC), comprised of the presidents of all of the college’s student organizations to participate in the thematic days. Together they decided they would like to have a food drive and compete against one another to see which organization could collect the most items. A pizza party with Dean Sherman and bragging rights were on the line for the organization that contributed the most non-perishable food items.

 A total of 1,591 cans were collected from student organization members. Emerging Leaders contributed 436 items, winning the competition, while Fixed Income Management contributed the most items per member with 16 cans each.

 “I was so impressed with the friendly competition between the organizations,” said Holly Seckinger, PAC faculty advisor. “With PAC being in its first year, it is exciting to see bonds forming amongst all of the College of Business student groups. I look forward to seeing all that they will continue to accomplish in the future.”

The items collected were donated to the Baker Center Food Bank, the Athens County Food Bank, and the Southeast Ohio Food Bank. The start of a new tradition within the College of Business was an overwhelming success and we look forward to seeing it continue to grow in the future.

 “Emerging Leaders had a lot of fun raising money for the Athens County Pantry,” said Barbara Bruce, VP of philanthropy and social events. “We had the pleasure of co-winning the food drive competition and it’s a great feeling knowing that we contributed to a good cause. We love supporting the community and we look forward to participating in more philanthropy events in the future.”