Students and Staff Unite in Collaboration for the Eau Claire Community

Collaboration, team work, cooperation.  No matter how you define working together, the results of many are always greater than the results of one. For students at Globe University-Eau Claire, collaboration is a way of life.  Each and every day, students, faculty and staff are working hand-in-hand to achieve students’ goals and make academic success a reality.  What’s even more impressive is this collaboration extends beyond the Globe University-Eau Claire campus into the Chippewa Valley.

United Way Day of Caring

Erin Saltness, business administration student, and Samuel Fisher, director of career services, work together staining the railing of the ramp at Harmony House. Photo courtesy of United Way and Belle Gente Photography.

Recently, Globe University students, along with their instructors and campus staff, partnered with the United Way to bring collaboration to the United Way Day of Caring. On Friday, Sept. 13, this community-wide event brought together more than 590 volunteers to help 30 area nonprofits and public service organizations.

Globe University volunteers chose to help another organization that is a firm believer in collaboration: Starting Points of Chippewa Falls.  Through their mission, “to coordinate resources and programs in collaboration with providers and the community to prevent and end homelessness,” the organization offers support programs to those in need. One example of this is the Harmony House in Chippewa Falls, which provides emergency housing in a family-style, six-bedroom home.

Volunteers donated their time and efforts to help Harmony House finish a wheelchair ramp by sanding and staining.  Alexandra Randall, the new career services coordinator for Globe University-Eau Claire, said, “Collaborating with the students for a volunteer event like the United Way Day of Caring is a great way to give back to the community and get to know the students I will be working with.  I am excited to be a part of an organization that ‘lives united’.”

The hands-on project started with students sanding the ramp in preparation for staining.  Faculty and staff assisted with this and the group was surprised how quickly they were able begin staining.

“It was inspiring to see everyone working together and how quickly we accomplished our goals,” said Angela Ruppe, Globe’s dean of education.  The team’s dedication resulted in completing the ramp in record time and allowed Globe volunteers to also re-finish the deck on the front of the house.

“This was an added bonus and shows just what can happen when people work together,” said Gretchen Johnson, medical assistant program chair.

At the end of the day Globe volunteers stood on the sidewalk outside the home, admiring all of the hard work they put into the project.  Gretchen recalled, “I was amazed to see what we could accomplish in just one day and proud of the entire team for all of the efforts.”

United Way Day of Caring

The Globe University Volunteer Team, from left: Alexandra Randall, career services, Casey Zimmerman, massage therapy student, Mao Xiong, medical assistant student, Gretchen Johnson, medical assistant program chair, Angela Ruppe, dean of education, Samuel Fisher, career services, and Erin Saltness, business administration student. Photo courtesy of United Way and Belle Gente Photography.

Globe University-Eau Claire is talking about upcoming volunteer activities and the team is already looking forward to volunteering for the United Way Day of Caring in 2014.


Written by Samuel Fisher, Director of Career Services, Globe University-Eau Claire