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Business students spread United Way cheer

November 25, 2011
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Contact:
Jennifer Beale, 778.782.7587; jennifer_beale@sfu.ca
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca


Beedie School of Business BusOne students at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus will spread some Christmas cheer for the United Way on Friday, Dec. 2.

The students, all in their first year of study, are putting their business creativity to the test to raise money, doing everything from photos with Santa to a “Rent-a-Biz-Kid” opportunity, during the special United Way event on the Mezzanine from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Among other ideas, shoppers can purchase prize-popping balloons, a variety of seasonal crafts and an array of baked Christmas goods. For details, watch their video http://at.sfu.ca/pazrQv.

The BusOne program was officially offered at SFU last fall to provide a smooth transition for first-year students through a weekly workshop that introduces them to the extra-curricular opportunities that are available within the Beedie School of Business.

“The United Way challenge is a great way for the new students to tap their creativity and practice some of their business skills, all for a good cause,” says instructor Jennifer Beale.

The program’s latest crop of students will follow in the footsteps of the veteran fourth-year marketing students, who have a host of similar activities up their sleeves for the annual Market on the Mezzanine annual fundraiser the day before, on Dec. 1, 10 – 3:30 p.m.

The event will feature local community crafters, artisans and students, along with a book sale, silent auction and samosa lunch.

Last year fundraising events for the United Way at SFU campuses totaled more than $20,000, while the university community raised over $160,000.

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