Eberly Student Organizations Volunteer at Newman Used Book Sale

Posted on 9/18/2014 10:47:30 AM

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 time.

Eberly Student Organizations Volunteer at Newman Used Book Sale - 2014The 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.”

Volunteers 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 sale.

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.