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Members of WIU's Student Chapter Institute of Management Accountants. One week last month, the members collected loose change from friends and co-workers and were able to raise almost $800 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
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Western's SCIMA Students "Make a Change" with Fundraiser for St. Jude's

April 24, 2009


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MACOMB, IL -- One of Western Illinois University's core values is social responsibility, and members of Western's Student Chapter Institute of Management Accountants (SCIMA) recently demonstrated their commitment to it by raising money to benefit sick children.

SCIMA's WIU members organized and held their first "Make a Change" fundraiser last month. According to Brooke Gronewold (Carthage, IL), SCIMA vice president and senior accountancy major, the group's 50 members came together to help St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

"The main reason we chose St. Jude's is for the benefit of all the children there," said Gronewold, "so we brainstormed and came up with 'Make a Change.' One week in March, we collected loose change from friends and co-workers and were able to raise almost $800. We donated all the money we raised to St. Jude's."

Amy Ford, an instructor in WIU's accountancy department and SCIMA faculty adviser, noted that most of SCIMA's members at WIU are accounting and finance majors, but the group also has student members who are majoring in marketing, management and human resource management. She noted that SCIMA hopes to make the fundraiser an annual event.

For more information, contact Ford at (309) 298-1152 or AM-Ford@wiu.edu. Learn more about SCIMA at www.wiu.edu/scima/.

Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg (WIUNews@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations