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Students add their bit to giving campaign

May 20, 2010

Relief supplies gathered by Project Haiti students are readied for shipping.

We have more first-hand stories from the “Give a Little Bit Campaign” underway here. Remember, the entire Chapman community is working to log in 150,000 hours of community service in celebration of Chapman’s 150th anniversary in 2011. (To learn how to participate, visit the program website here.)

These latest stories submitted by Student & Campus Life describe the work of Argyros School of Business and Economics professors Cristina Giannantonio, Ph.D., and Amy Hurley-Hanson, Ph.D., and their Principles of Management students.

Both Giannantonio and Hurley-Hanson have always assigned group projects which focus on social entrepreneurship.  After the Haitian earthquake, they moved forward with Project Haiti, a group project designed to develop students’ managerial skills, prepare them to become global citizens, and illustrate how the four functions of management are integral to organizational effectiveness. 

What have you and your students gained from this experience? 

Our students reported that they experienced incredible feelings of satisfaction by accomplishing their goals and learning that they can use management to positively affect people’s lives.  We were very pleased with what our students were able to accomplish in a short amount of time with little to no resources.  We are very proud of the hard work they did to not only collect items for Haiti, but to also work with relief agencies to insure that the items were actually delivered to Haiti.

Why should other members of the Chapman community engage in service?

It is the mission of Chapman University to help our students to become global citizens.  Being a global citizen involves realizing that neither individuals nor organizations exist in isolation.  Engaging in service allows members of the Chapman community to teach students about corporate social responsibility. Both Giannantonio and Hurley-Hanson have always assigned group projects which focus on social entrepreneurship.  After the Haitian earthquake, they moved forward with Project Haiti, a group project designed to develop students’ managerial skills.

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