Month: March 2012
Community Service Program of the Month
||University of Nebraska - Lincoln
|Person in charge:
||Sam Zeitner and Sandoz RA Staff
|Target Population: 200
||Time Needed to Organize: 4-6 weeks|
|Number of People in Attendance: 100
||Date(s) of Program: 3/14/2012|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 4-8
||Cost of Program: $275|
|On-Campus Population: 5700
||Chapter Size: 40|
|Origin of Program:|
This was the second annual Pi(e) Day in Sandoz Hall at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. The program originated to raise money for a local
organization on March 14 or 3/14, the day established to celebrate the
mathematical symbol for Pi.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
Pi(e) Day was organized by the resident assistants of Sandoz Hall and
allowed residents to “throw” for $1 or “smash” for $3 a pie in the
faces of willing participants. All proceeds of the event were donated
to Make A Wish. The event was held on Wednesday, March 14 or 3/14 in
the Abel/Sandoz Welcome Center that connects the two residence halls.
The event began at 5 pm and lasted until around 8 pm. Altogether, $367
was raised for Make A Wish.
Residents had the opportunity to “pie” Abel/Sandoz Resident
Assistants, Abel/Sandoz Residence Directors, desk staff, and
government members. The Abel/Sandoz Facilities made a “pie board” with
three holes for participants to place their head through. Participants
were scheduled for a thirty minute time slot. Participants were
announced to the residents throughout the night so that they could
preplan who they wanted to “pie.” The pies were whipped cream and
where provided by Abel/Sandoz Dining.
While the program was going on, a raffle was also being held. The
resident assistants of Sandoz collected donations from local
restaurants and businesses. For $1, residents could purchase a raffle
ticket. At the end of the night, names were drawn an announced during
the program. A raffle for Village Inn pies was also held and the
donation was provided by a resident of Sandoz. Throughout the program,
facts about the participants and Make A Wish were announced. Sam, a
Sandoz RA and organizer of the program, told a story about the wish
his sister and family received through the organization.
It took approximately 4-6 weeks to organize the program. This amount
of time was necessary in order to collect the donations and to work
with Abel/Sandoz Facilities and Dining. Facilities laid tarps
throughout the Welcome Center and towels were provided for residents
and participants to clean up after their time slot. The pie board was
placed on a stage and a microphone was used for announcements.
Abel/Sandoz Dining provided pie tins and the whipped cream. Volunteers
helping at the event scooped the whipped cream into the pies as they
were purchased. This prevented pies from being thrown prior to being
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|Goals of the program:|
Pi(e) Day had the following goals:
Raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.
Hold a program in the Welcome Center with participants from Abel and
Sandoz in order to provide collaboration between the two buildings.
For the resident assistants of Sandoz to organize and host a community
service program, and to donate the money to an organization a resident
assistant has a connection with.
To educate residents on the Make A Wish Foundation and the impact it
has on individuals and their families.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Pi(e) Day had the following positive and lasting effects:
$367 was raised and donated to Make A Wish.
Residents were educated about the Foundation and the impact it has on
individuals and their families.
Community was built throughout the hall as residents worked together
to "pie" their RAs, hall government execs, and RD!
Resident assistants of Sandoz collaborated with Facilities and Dining
and built a lasting relationship.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
The program was very successful as $367 was raised for Make A Wish.
Although clean up is never easy, the tarps and towels decreased the
amount of whipped cream spread throughout the building. Next year,
tarp will be hung behind the pie board in order to help prevent the
spread of whip cream. The holes in the pie board were too high for
some participants; therefore, next year, a something for participants
to stand on will be provided.
The thirty minute time slots were enough time for residents to “pie”
participants; however, in the future, names of participants and the
times in which they are scheduled will be posted prior to the start of
the program. This will allow residents to preplan who they will
Another idea, following the completion of the program this year, is to
encourage floor participation the week prior to the start of the
program. Government members and resident assistants will work together
to raise money for their floor. The floor that raises the most money
will be able to “pie” their resident assistant with a fruit pie.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
Pi(e) Day could be adapted at other campuses. The overall cost of the
program would need to be taken into consideration. Sandoz Hall
Facilities donated tarps for the floor, “booties” for individual’s
shoes/feet, cleaning supplies, and they built the board with three
holes for individual faces to be pied. Although the board may have
initial cost the first year, it will not be a cost the following
years. A resident of Sandoz works at Village Inn and was able to
donate seven pies for the raffle. The program was funded by RHA and
the Associate Director of Residence Life; therefore, all proceeds were
able to be donated to Make A Wish without having to subtract the cost
Another adaptation would be the organization in which to donate the
money raised. The RA who organized the program had a connection with
Make A Wish because his sister and family received a wish. Sam was
able to talk about the organization and the impact the organization
had on his family. Therefore, a suggestion would be to donate to an
organization organizers or residents have a connection to.
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