Members of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s
student business organizations recently volunteered their time to the 46th annual Newman Used Book Sale, held at the St. Thomas More
University Parish and Catholic Student Center.
During its first meeting of the semester, the College of Business Student
Advisory Council (COBSAC) introduced this volunteer opportunity to the business
organizations as a great way to give back to the community.
COBSAC President Nate Rosenberg said of this opportunity, “Our community
gives so much to us, and we find it necessary to give back any chance we get.
The church has been a huge supporter of the students, no matter our background
or beliefs. When we found out that they needed volunteers, there was no
question that we would be there to help in any way possible. These
opportunities bring us all together, and that in itself was a good enough reason
to get involved.”
When approached about volunteering at the book sale, many of the
organizations were very willing and eager to lend a helping a hand. The Society
of Human Resource Management (SHRM) volunteered 15 of its members to help, while
the Management Association volunteered 10 members.
Members were not the only ones willing to lend a helping hand. Daniel Lawson, finance
professor and advisor for the Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP), also volunteered a few hours of his time to the great cause at
one of the church’s many book sorts. Along with Lawson and the many
volunteers of SHRM and the Management Association, several volunteers from
other business organizations, such as the Student Finance Association, International Business Association, SMIP, Phi
Beta Lambda, and Phi Gamma Nu, were also able to volunteer a few hours of their
The business students were extremely helpful in the preparation leading up
to the Newman Book Sale. Janet May, cochair of the Newman Used Book Sale, noted
“without the help of the IUP students, we would not be able to get all the work
done necessary to have this sale.”
were needed to sort books into one of the sale’s 30-plus categories, move boxes
from the church’s storage unit to the book sale tent and church lounge, and then organize
the books from these boxes on the display tables.
Many more members from the business organizations are expected to volunteer
this weekend when the actual sale begins. These volunteers will assist with
cashier responsibilities, directing parking, helping customers, keeping the
books organized during the sale, and helping pack unsold books at the end of
The book sale will be held Friday, September 19, from 4:00 to
10:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday,
September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas More University
Parish and Catholic Student Center at 1200 Oakland Avenue in Indiana, Pa.
In addition to the hardback books (sold for
$1) and softback books (priced at $0.50), you can also find records, CDs,
DVDs, computer games, books on tape, games, puzzles, and collectible items. Call 724-463-2277 for more information.