Students Present Fund-raising Ideas to Box of Books

Students who presented to Box of BooksStudents enrolled in Alfred State College’s communication in the workplace course, taught by Professor Bill Laubert, recently put their newly acquired communications skills to work as they presented, in groups, the culmination of the semester’s work. As their final exam, four groups of students (which comprised the class) presented their ideas and strategies for fundraising activities for the local library, the Box of Books. Each project included a base, or event; activities, advertising, volunteers, and cost analyses. Members of the Box of Books’ board of directors as well as Library Director Eliza Ordway and ePLACE Director Amanda Burns attended the sessions and helped choose the winning proposal. Laubert explained: “I tried something new this year: the class worked all semester in groups to create a fund-raising program for the Alfred Box of Books. This project is a combination of organizational communication, professional interviewing, group problem solving, and presentational speaking—the four components of communication in the workplace. Not only does this type of final exam project allow the students to apply course material to a semi-realistic situation, it also gives them an opportunity to experience project learning and civic engagement.” The winning group, whose grade will reflect their success, also received a gift certificate to Fox’s Pizza (Alfred) for their efforts. Pictured here, l-r, the final group presenters and winners: Kerri Cavanaugh, Holbrook, architectural technology; Jessica Suojanen, Lake Placid, architectural technology; Tricia Jacobs, Hornell, digital media and animation; Vincent Albaugh, Warren, PA, architectural technology; Stacie Crocker, Cameron, digital media and animation; Kathleen Ward, Phoenix, architectural technology; Burns; Ordway.