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Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business wins GMAC TeamMBA Award

Business students honored for service to community

June 13, 2014 - For service projects including a schoolwide breast cancer awareness day and a community wide holiday drive, the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College was named winner of the Graduate Management Admission Council’s 2014 TeamMBA Award. The award, presented today at GMAC’s Annual Conference in Baltimore, honors graduate management students “in the business of giving back.”

“With service activities throughout the year, some of which involve the entire school, the Crummer School shows breadth, depth and consistency of the commitment to serving others,” said GMAC president and CEO Sangeet Chowfla, who presented the award. “GMAC is pleased to recognize Rollins for the array of causes the students support, both locally and nationally.”

One of 14 graduate business schools worldwide nominated for the seventh annual award, Rollins is the first repeat TeamMBA winner, having also won in 2011.

Community service is part of a required ethics course at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. It is also incorporated into a leadership development road map for full-time MBA students seeking leadership recognition by providing opportunities for students to serve others throughout the year. Rollins students organized or participated in events supporting a variety of causes, from breast cancer and vision impairment to Second Harvest, a local hunger organization.

A school-wide Pink Out, held for the first time in October, was inspired by Erin Painter-Pianko, a Rollins alumna and staff member who passed away in 2011 after battling breast cancer. Through Pink Out fund-raisers and participation in the Race for the Cure, Rollins students raised more than $1,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

An annual toy drive, started by a Rollins MBA student in 2010, was expanded to personal items in December. More than 400 toys and items were collected and distributed to the Winter Park Day Nursery, the Eatonville Boys & Girls Club, and the Beta Center, which provides shelter and education to pregnant and parenting teens.

“A healthy community is essential for thriving businesses, and thriving businesses are essential for a healthy community,” said Susan Bach, executive director of the Center for Leadership Development at the Crummer School. Through service learning and community engagement, Rollins College MBA students learn not only to work on effective teams but also how important it is to engage with the community and give back, she said.

The TeamMBA program encourages graduate business students worldwide to make a difference in their communities. TeamMBA and the TeamMBA Award are supported by the GMAC Management Education for Tomorrow Fund, which invests in strategic philanthropic initiatives that benefit business and management education globally.

TeamMBA Award

From left to right: Sangeet Chowfla, GMAC President and CEO,
Dina Dommett, outgoing Chair of the GMAC Board, Glenda Lucas, GMAC Senior Manager,
Jacqueline Brito, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Crummer Graduate School,
and Stephen Gauthier, Associate Dean at the Crummer Graduate School   

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