One of the core foundations of the Globe Education Network mission is our dedication to giving back to our respective communities. This can take the form of students hosting program-specific events like organizing free nail trims for community pets or providing chair massages to special populations.
It can also mean Globe University staff and faculty venturing off campus to participate in local walks, assist in fundraising efforts, or just donating time to cleaning up the many beneficial organizations around town. Regardless of the kind of volunteering, these efforts often result in a community partnership. Here at Globe University-Sioux Falls, one nonprofit near and dear to our hearts is the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).
The inception of this mutually beneficial partnership began with Globe University-Sioux Falls’ former campus director, Melanie Schopp, who sat on the NKF’s board for several years. Over the years, this relationship has proved significant. Countless employees have given their Saturdays to completing the annual Kidney Walk and our medical assistant students regularly assist with the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) screenings, which are free to the Sioux Falls public, not to mention the numerous fundraisers that take place each year throughout the halls of our Sioux Falls campus.
But the Globe University-Sioux Falls/NKF relationship doesn’t end there. To show their gratitude for all the efforts made by the Sioux Falls community, NKF hosts an annual Volunteer Appreciation Night to honor and highlight some of its most significant partners.
This year, the event was held at Monk’s in downtown Sioux Falls. The night of laughs and socializing began with a clever slideshow poking fun at the board members who introduced each special volunteer who has made a substantial impact that year. Volunteers are given a different memento each year, this year’s being a bright orange cooler bag just the “exact size to fit an actual kidney,” laughed State Director Sarah Barsness.
Amy Zobel, medical assistant program chair, whose students always turn out for the KEEP screenings, accepted the token of appreciation on behalf of Globe University-Sioux Falls.
“It’s always so great to work with the NKF. They go above and beyond for their cause and set a great example for our students! I’m excited to continue our working relationship with them in the future,” Zobel said.
Globe University-Sioux Falls continues to maintain a healthy relationship with the NKF, and strives to further represent Globe in the Sioux Falls community. The most recent way of doing so is with the addition of another Globe University-Sioux Falls board member Ann Kolbrek, director of career services.
Of her new position, Kolbrek said, “I’m excited to take on this new responsibility and become a championing voice for the NKF on behalf of Globe University-Sioux Falls.”