Net Impact Mixer at the Science Center

12512828_10153231241192204_8071218061155347040_nMembers from across campuses in the Net Impact community met to explore the wonderment and knowledge inside the Carnegie Science Center. The 12507582_10153231241122204_8672163904666736950_n21+ Night was the stage for a meeting of minds, and some fun, as members of Duquesne, Chatham, and Carnegie Mellon Net Impact chapters came together to network. The night included exciting conversations, interesting exhibits, and enjoyable times in the interactive kid’s area. It was a great evening of meeting new people who had the same drive and motivation to make the change that they want to see in the world.

Back From China! Check Us Out!

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The Great Wall of China was made of stone, brick, wood and other materials that were built to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups. The wall was built during Qin Shihuang’s time who was the first emperor of China. The wall extended over 13,000 miles across China. During our trip, we were given an hour to climb as high as we could up the wall. It was a hot day (over 90° F), but the Great Wall was a most amazing experience! The views were beautiful, and we felt a sense of accomplishment the higher we climbed! -Elise Farris


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During the first week of the trip, many of us were wondering where local residents go to work out, and we found it! It is about 60 acres of parkland with beautiful trees, rivers, historic palaces, bridges, etc. Locals were power walking, meditating, swimming, and relaxing. I’ve never seen a place so breathtaking as the Summer Palace in Beijing. I almost felt surprised that the Chinese allow foreigners into such a place. #nofilter on picture – Sarah Jilbert


Biking all around the perimeter of the ancient Xi’an city walls was a great experience. We got some exercise and had a chance to have a 360° view of this city that has a history that goes back almost 300 years.  The other incredible place to see in Xi’an was the Terracotta warriors. It was impressive to see this huge army that was built to protect the emperors tomb over 2000 years ago. -Patrick Cellie

Duquesne MBA Students “Make laughter an epidemic” for critically ill children in Costa Rica

photo 2“I was thrilled to use my MBA skillset to help an organization that impacts so many families with so few resources,” said Nick Monzo, an MBA student from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after participating in a service project designed to bring joy to hospitalized children and their families in Costa Rica.

Monzo and his 28 classmates traveled to Central America as part of a required global economics course in Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability, a program ranked first in the United States and eighth in the world for integrating social, environmental and financial responsibility. On May 16, the students served as pro bono consultants to HospiSonrisas, a not-for-profit group affiliated with the National Children’s Hospital in San Jose, and presented a strategic plan to “Make Laughter an Epidemic” by launching a foundation to generate funding to entertain sick children and grant wishes to those with life-threatening illnesses.

“Never have I been more humbled by selflessness and compassion as I was by HospiSonrisas,” said Rebecca Bykoski, after watching volunteer clowns ease anxiety in the oncology and outpatient areas of the children’s hospital. “I’m so very grateful to leave a legacy that will bring joy to suffering children and their families throughout Costa Rica.”

“To find people who want to help to change the world and believe in someone’s dreams is incredible,” added Daniela Vides Cordoba, founder and president of HospiSonrisas.

Faculty trip leader was Diane Ramos, who also teaches the live consulting courses that anchor the MBA and engage students in solving complex real world problems. Accompanying her were Pavel Yakovlev, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, and William O’Rourke, J.D., executive director of the Beard Institute at Duquesne University. “Our students delivered a viable plan for overall operation of a foundation — including governance, marketing, fund-raising and administration — while living our university’s service mission in Costa Rica,” said Ramos.

The Costa Rican segment of the study trip included interface with a range of multinational, not-for-profit, governmental and academic leaders and a behind-the-scenes investigation of the burgeoning eco-tourism and medical tourism industries. Students also traveled to Guatemala where they worked on a potable water field project and learned about Peace Corps initiatives with John Patrick Gibbons, an alumnus of the program and former Peace Corp Fellow at Duquesne, who works on impact investing in Central American in his current role as a finance officer at USAID.

 

Conquering Fears in Costa Rica

By Katherine Summers

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For 23 years I have been afraid of heights. When we were in La Fortuna we were given the opportunity to either go on a canopy walk or go ziplining. I decided that if I was going to face my fears I should go all out.

As we were strapped into our gear I was having second thoughts but told myself I would probably only be in the Costa Rican rainforest once so I had to do it! It was the most amazing experience of my life! I am so proud of myself for facing my fears, and thankful to be in an MBA program that allows these opportunities!