Mays Business School students are devoted to serving others all year round, not just at the holidays. Actively giving back is stressed both in the classroom and through student organizations, and each semester hundreds of students answer the call to action.

Students pose with collected goods
Mays Marketing Master’s Program students collected a ton and a half of food item donations for the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

Before Thanksgiving, Mays master’s in marketing students conducted a canned food drive for the Brazos Valley Food Bank, collecting 3,000 pounds of food and $900. While others were writing term papers and studying for finals, the 54 students involved in the effort were sacrificing study time to collect food during this weeklong effort.

About 400 students under the direction of Keith Swim, clinical assistant professor of management, purchased gifts for underprivileged children for Christmas. Swim estimates about 400-450 gifts were purchased, in addition to almost $1,000 worth of gift cards which were used to furnish last minute gift needs. The student’s efforts made Christmas brighter for 98 children. This is the sixth year Swim and his students have collected for this cause.

Another group of Mays students spent the whole semester learning about business through service. The 80 students in four sections of the sophomore level BUSN 289 class were split into teams and asked to find a cause to which they could contribute at least $1,000 or the equivalent amount of labor and materials. In the end, they raised more than $68,000 for a variety of local causes. Below is a list of projects these students organized:

  • Team Sailor gave more than $11,000 worth of goods to a Habitat for Humanity family. They collected donations from area vendors to provide bedding, dishes, and other items for the family’s new home.
  • The group The Incredibles, chose the Brazos Valley Children’s Museum where they painted the walls as well as a mural, and organized storerooms. They donated 200 hours of service, equivalent to about $4,000.
  • Team ARO (“Aggies Reaching Out”) created a fundraiser and awareness campaign for the Brazos Valley Community Action Committee that resulted in almost $12,000 for the group.
  • Team 6.1 raised and collected items for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brazos Valley in order to furnish a new activity center, resulting in an impact of more than $1,600.
  • Team ACT (“Aggies Coming Together”) worked with Boys and Girls Club of College Station to create and implement an after-school curriculum to teach basic financial literacy. With the funds they raised, the total need met was about $4,000.
  • Team ACE (“Aggies Committed to Excellence”) raised funds, created a website, and recruited volunteers for the Lena Mae-Farris Foundation, totaling almost $10,000 worth of service.
  • Team G.I.A. (“Girls in Action”) raised nearly $5,000 for the Salvation Army.
  • Team AFCO (“Aggies for Community Outreach”) raised funds and awareness for the Full Hearts Foundation totaling more than $3,500.
  • The team The Money Makers worked with Scotty’s House, a local child advocacy center, to raise funds and items for their new facility. Their total fundraising effort netted almost $3,000
  • The team Top Notch Consulting raised funds for Elder-Aid by collecting and recycling cell phones resulting in more than $2,000 worth of service.
  • Team AGS (“Aggies Giving Service”) collected $2,695 worth of food for the Brazos Valley Food Bank. Additionally, the team Five’s Company contributed more than $2,000 for the School Backpack Program at the Food Bank.
  • Team N.A.V. collected funds totaling almost $12,000 for Young Life of Navasota.