Tag: volunteers

‘Eat as many as you can catch’ is the mantra at the breakfast for graduation volunteers. The flying pancakes from Chris’ Cakes has become something of an annual tradition for the dozens of staff members who help make the graduation ceremonies run so smoothly.

Preparing to launch a flying pancake hot off the grill!

Held the Monday after graduation in the Simon Hall courtyard and hosted by the Marketing & Communications’ Events Team, the flying pancake breakfast is a yummy treat and great way to celebrate the end of the academic year.

Kudos to Alicia Heath, new events director, on her first successful May graduation ceremonies held on May 17.  There’s one more ceremony to go: Executive MBAs graduate this Saturday, May 25.  Congrats to grads and volunteers!

Over 85 students received VITA training in January.

Over 50 Olin students from the SMP, MBA and BSBA programs and 30 students from the law school participated in training this past Saturday in Simon Hall for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  VITA is sponsored by the Gateway EITC Community Coalition (GECC) and provides free tax preparation for people regionally with less than $51,000 annual income.

Shiyu (Bridget) Han and Bryan O’Neal, Washington University Accounting Association (WUAA) student leaders (pictured above), have spearheaded reestablishing this free community service program at Olin this year. Students can participate on either a volunteer or for-credit basis.

There are about 30 locations spread across the St. Louis metro area, in both Illinois and Missouri.  During the 2011 filing season the GECC prepared 6,875 free tax returns, saving clients an estimated $1.7 million dollars in preparer fees alone.  This also resulted in almost $9 million in federal and state refunds entering our community’s economy.  You can learn more at http://gatewayeitc.org/

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), to be held at Washington University in St. Louis April 5-7, 2013 will draw 1,200 young leaders from WUSTL and around the world to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. The success of this large-scale endeavor will depend on several hundred enthusiastic and willing volunteers.

The volunteer application will be available online at the CGI U website at www.cgiu.org from Jan. 16 and is due by Feb. 8. CGI U will notify volunteers of acceptance and positions in mid-February.

For more information about CGI U, visit cgiu.wustl.edu or contact Jennie Marchal, associate director at the Career Center, at marchal@wustl.edu or Robin Hattori, assistant director of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, at rhattori@wustl.edu.