May 30, 2011
College of Business organizations that participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life collectively raised $10,000. The event took place in the campus recreation center from April 30 to May 1.
Katie Whitbeck, Dean's Student Leadership Council Relay for Life chair and coordinator of the event, was the top participant this year, raising $2,525. She spoke to participants at the event about her personal connection to the cause after losing her father to cancer at a young age.
The Dean’s Student Leadership Council, the Business Diversity Leadership Alliance, Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, and Sigma Iota Epsilon from the College of Business participated in the event.
Relay for Life provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease. Each team was to have at least one member walking the track at all times, while the rest of the team cheered, slept, and played games from their “campsites” on the basketball court below.
Organizations raised funds through private donations and creative fundraising events. The Dean’s Student Leadership Council held a Pie a Professor and Kickball Tournament. Seniors, Matthew Hoppal and Sean Hogan, president and vice president of DSLC, had the privilege to “pie” Real Estate Professor Sriruam Villupruam. Villupruam, the “winner,” received the most monetary votes by College of Business students to get pied.
The “pieing” occurred during the faculty and staff versus business students’ kickball game. “The student turnout was overwhelming and much greater than anyone had expected,” said Whitbeck.
More than $100 was raised for Relay for Life from the two events and was deemed a huge success by the 60 students who attended. “I felt that we really created some buzz, competition, and comradery among the faculty and students of the College of Business. I would love to see both of these events continued and grown in future years,” said Whitbeck.
The entire event raised $56,000 with 72 teams and 675 participants. Though it was a very long, tiring night, it inspired a celebration of life and fighting the disease that takes so much from those who encounter it.