Vincentian Mission Inspires Business Students To Service
During the fall 2013 semester, students enrolled in Dr. Anna McNab’s Operations and Information Management classes not only learned about the importance of information systems for the world of business, they also had an opportunity to practice helping those in need. The students participated in a service-learning project that they first designed and later executed.
Under the leadership of Dr. McNab, assistant professor of management, Dr. David Taylor, director of the Levesque Institute at NU, and Mike Skowronski, employer relations coordinator, students were asked to propose an idea that would follow a few simple criteria: It needed to be feasible in the sense of being implementable within a semester, all students in the course needed to have an opportunity to be involved, and, finally, the general goal was to help someone in need.
The students worked in teams of 3-4 and proposed their ideas to their classmates by uploading a 5-minute narrated pitch mirroring the proposals seen on popular TV shows. After these initial proposals were delivered, each member of the class voted for their favorite ideas along with Dr. McNab, Dr. Taylor and Skowronski.