WittConsultants continue fundraising efforts in preparation for summer Lesotho service program
September 14, 2010
Springfield, OH—This fall, Wittenberg University Business majors Sara Mewhort and Marisa Rogers will plan and execute many events aimed to raise money and awareness of the Witt-In-Africa initiative. Witt-In-Africa funds service projects completed by students and faculty for residents of Lesotho, a small African Kingdom. With funds raised the volunteers will make a sustainable difference in the impoverished country.
The first planned event, the Border Battle, is September 17th and 18th in conjunction with the Wittenberg Volleyball team. The WittConsultants will try to match the $730 raised last year. Additionally, Mewhort and Rogers will form alliances with local businesses for other events and dedicate time and effort to preparing for Survivor Africa, an annual event held April 9th.
Meet the WittCAM Consultants:
Sara Mewhort ’11 is a senior business major at Wittenberg University from Sylvania, Ohio. Currently working for the Wittenberg Fund as the student manager for athletic fundraising, she has three years of experience fundraising through events and solicitation specifically for Wittenberg organizations. During the summer of 2010, Mewhort interned at The Hylant Group, where she gained valuable knowledge about sales, client interaction, and she even acquired some familiarity with cold calling. Having previously served as vp-finance and president of the Wittenberg chapter of Delta Gamma, Mewhort has a track record of high event attendance and successful donation solicitation for the chapter. After visiting Lesotho, Africa during the summer of 2009, Mewhort became committed to using her business education to improve the lives of her Basotho friends. Her future aspirations include working in the fundraising department for a university or other non-profit or continuing her education to earn her CPA certification.
Marisa Rogers ’11 is a senior business major at Wittenberg University from Loveland, Ohio. Rogers is currently the student marketing coordinator for the Student Involvement Office and assists both the director of student involvement and the Greek life advisor. She serves as the president of Delta Gamma Sorority and as an officer on Wittenberg’s Human Resource Management Association. Rogers recently completed an internship with JJR Solutions where she assisted in the recruiting, selection, and on-boarding of new employees. Rogers has planned and coordinated various events for her sorority, as she previously served as VP Programming. At Wittenberg, Rogers has participated on the Pan-Hellenic Council as VP Philanthropy, arranging various philanthropic events for the campus and expanding service opportunities for Greek students. Rogers plans to take the PHR exam this winter, and hopes to serve as a consultant for small businesses after graduation. Rogers also plans to stay active in her community and participate in service events.
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Wittenberg Center for Applied Management (WittCAM): The Wittenberg Center for Applied Management offers alternative coursework to upper-level students who are focused in business. As an alternative to a classroom-based course, WittCAM students serve as consultants to businesses, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Students and organizations have a choice of opportunities, including: Small Business Institute, WittConsultants, Management Internship, and the Creative Advertising Partnership. Students work as groups on projects. Some projects require specific management course prerequisites; these vary depending on the nature of the project. Directed by Professor Pamela Schindler, more than 483 students have been involved in WittCAM projects in the last 30 years.