Saint Martin’s engineering students hold fundraiser for Haiti service
April 1, 2010
Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University
student chapter members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),
the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Engineers
without Borders (EWB) are organizing a trip to Haiti this summer to work
on service projects to help those affected by the recent earthquake.
To finance the service trip, the students are
putting together a unique fundraiser: a pie-throwing auction. For the
next few weeks, they are collecting bids from students, faculty, and
staff at Saint Martin’s for both pie-throwers and pie-receivers. Bids
cost a penny each. A total of six pie-throwers and six pie-receivers
will be chosen. The actual pie-throwing event will take place on
Tuesday, April 20 as part of an engineering club fair at Saint Martin’s
Lacey campus. While the standings for the top pie-receivers will be
shared daily so bidders can see, the identity of the pie-throwers will
be kept secret until the day of the fair.
Geoffrey Dorsey, a civil engineering student and one
of the event organizers, said the idea for the pie-throwing auction came
from an annual fundraiser he participated in with the Air Force where
they would nominate senior leadership to receive a pie. Says Dorsey,
“Every year it was a great, inexpensive way to raise funds. I began to
query our engineering professors to see if they too would be willing to
participate in an event like this, with the proceeds going towards Haiti
Relief, and received overwhelming support.”
The entire engineering department, including the
dean of engineering, Professor Anthony De Sam Lazaro, has signed on. And
they are also joined by other faculty from around the University. “I am
ecstatic to see how big the hearts of the faculty at Saint Martin’s
University are and how they are willing to donate themselves, not just
their resources for this cause,” says Dorsey.
“Members of Saint Martin University’s engineering
program, students and staff, have a long history of community service,”
says John Sladek, professor of engineering. Previous senior design
projects have delivered clean drinking water to villages in Tanzania and
volunteer groups have helped build new homes for those less fortunate
through Habitat for Humanity.
The students have registered with the ASCE Disaster
Assistance Volunteer Directory and are looking at aid organizations such
as Habitat for Humanity to see if they can join a group of engineers
with a pre-planned mission in Haiti.
“We are confident that we have the knowledge and
drive to make a lasting impact on the lives we touch,” says engineering
student Craig Matson. The students estimate that it will cost $2,500 per
student for a four-week trip to Haiti and hope to raise a significant
portion of their expenses from the three-week auction.
For more information about the fundraiser or the
Haiti trip, contact Geoffrey Dorsey at
Geoffrey.Dorsey@stmartin.edu or Craig Matson at
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses
located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College,
and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University