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MGT class raises money for good causes

Story and Photos by Cassidee Cline

LOGAN—Soccer balls pounded the walls of the gyms in the HPER building on the USU campus on the first day of a two-day tournament to help raise money for the Small Enterprise Education and Development program.

The end of the year is winding down. With only three weeks left before finals, students are being slammed with papers and projects to finish for classes before the year is out. One class, Management 3110, helps students learn how put together and execute an effective fundraiser.

Student Adam Welker helped put together the soccer tournament. Welker said MGT 3110 professor David Herrmann provided incentive by allowing students to skip the final exam if they could raise more than $1,000 for the SEED program.

Welker and his group decided to run with it.

The tournament entrance fee was $50 per team, and Welker said the students also had donations from a few local businesses to raise money.

Project CEO Milo Williams said the team was originally going to do a 5K run, but decided instead to go with soccer.

“There are a lot of people who like playing soccer on campus,” Williams said. “This is something that’s kind of different.”

The Huntsman School of Business started the SEED program in 2006. The program, according to the SEED website, is designed to give students hands-on experience in helping to develop small businesses while helping to educate people in new business creation and development skills.

Not all the students in the class have to choose to raise money for the SEED program. One group, on the same day, teamed up with Somebody’s Attic and Cache Food Pantry to collect clothes and food for the two non-profit organizations.

Class member Amy Skousen wore a mini cardboard house for the occasion. She said her team gathered dozens of cardboard boxes and put on a house-building contest for prizes. The price to enter, she said, was cans of food or clothing items.

Skousen said her team managed to collect about 1,000 cans of food and 150 items of clothing, which was well over their intended goal.

House-building participant Sam Denonja said he thought doing these projects was great. “It’s charitable and heartfelt,” he said, while wearing a cardboard mask.