NC State Jenkins MBA Alumni Honor Former Prof with Gregg Museum Fundraiser
Sunday, Apr 29, 2012
Poole College’s Jenkins MBA alumni and students raised nearly $3,000 for the NC State Gregg Museum of Art & Design during a March 3, 2012, 5k race on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The fundraiser was held in memory of the late Dr. Lynn Ennis, former curator and instructor in the Jenkins MBA program’s creativity in management course.
“A lot of time and effort went into the race – from communications, course design, volunteer organization, timing of the runners, t-shirt design, sponsorship, food – and we couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout,” said Karen Bell, a Jenkins MBA alumna. About 140 participated in the event, including 106 runners and 34 volunteers.
“We know that Dr. Ennis would have been very proud of the amount of creativity, business management skills, and team work that made this event possible. I thank all those on the planning committee, Poole College’s Jenkins MBA staff, The Gregg Museum, and the NC State Alumni Association for their assistance,” Bell said. “We started with an idea and we exceed all expectations, producing a brand new 5K course that starts and ends at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on Centennial Campus. We have laid the ground work for what we hope will be an annual 5K for many years to come.” Bell received her MBA 2009 with concentrations marketing and innovation management and currently is marketing manager with Freudenberg IT.
“I believe we had an engaged and passionate crowd and we’ll depend on them to help grow this event for next year,” said Kevin Idahor, also a Jenkins MBA alumnus. “Working with my amazing team of alums was a treat. Being part of a team of committed people was an inspiration. I am looking forward to next year and an even greater level of engaged participants.” Idaahor received his MBA in 2009 with concentrations in services management and consulting, and currently is a change management consultant with Accenture.
Idahor had worked closely with Ennis while a student in the Jenkins MBA program, as she mentored them while they planned” Alternative Spring Break projects in Louisiana”:http://www.poole.ncsu.edu/index-exp.php/profiles/feature/nc-state-jenkins-mba-students-assist-businesses-in-new-orleans/ to help communities struggling following damage from Hurricane Katrina. Bell had participated in another service project in Peru.