Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud embraced its seventh annual “We Care” Community Service Day with gusto this spring by volunteering at four sites in three different cities, moving nearly 20 tons of rock, planting seven trees, entertaining and educating a senior community, providing free training on campus to about 50 participants, and donating 200 inches of hair to cancer patients.
This annual event involves both staff and student volunteers and underscores the college’s We Care philosophy and commitment to giving back to the community in which we live and work. Here is a recap of what we accomplished on May 17, 2013:
• A free professional development day was offered on campus with staff and external expert presenters. Topics varied from ICD 10 Medical Coding to Generational Communications, Workplace Bullying and Safety, Teamwork and Service, Microsoft Tips and Tricks, Resume and Interviewing tips. The trainings were open to the public and to students.
Shelby Hadley, Street Supervisor for St. Cloud Metro Bus, reflected, “I really enjoyed the diversity of workshops available. I was excited to see some extremely current and relevant information being put out, and with the great options, I found myself torn on which sessions to attend.”
• Also on campus was the Haircuts for Cancer event. Five hair stylists from Avanti and Shear Dynamics donated their time and talents to trim 8” or more from 16 volunteers, while two others brought in their ponytails. Two hundred inches of hair were donated to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program to make wigs for cancer patients. Be sure to see the before-and-after album on our Facebook page!
• Elsewhere in Waite Park, Associate Dean Jessica Denne, Accounting Program Chair Vicki Holthaus and Interactive Media and Graphic Design student Felicia Gouge helped Waite Park city workers plant seven trees along the Healthy Living trail on Third Street. Rick Savage of the public works department was impressed by the all-female MSB work crew. “I was thinking it would go a bit longer,” he said, “but it went quick!” The chosen site was particularly appropriate for MSB volunteers. Two years ago, students from the interactive media and graphic design program designed the signage along the Healthy Living Trail.
• At Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, 20 MSB volunteers—including staff, current students and one alumna—hosted a Wellness Fair for the residents of the senior living facility. Booths focused on dental care, memory stimulation, good nutrition and exercise tips. Students gave blood pressure checks and offered chair massage. They also played “The Price Is Right,” and according to Medical Assistant Program Chair Lisa Smith, the residents liked it so much they got down-right competitive for prizes!
• In St. Cloud, MSB volunteers returned for the second year to assist in spring clean-up of Lake George. A team of 10 staff and students moved nearly 20 tons of rock around the shoreline, cleaned up garbage around the lake and raked and mulched the playgrounds. Chris Zabiniski of the St. Cloud Park and Recreation department expressed gratitude. “They did a great job. What a great bunch of workers! The playground looks much better now and they moved a lot of rock.”
Whether it was hauling rocks or shearing locks, volunteers and community partners were unanimous in saying, “Let’s do it again next year!”