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Nicolet Business students’ service learning project benefits Humane Society


April 17, 2013

The Oneida County Humane Society and the animals in its care will soon benefit from a service learning project being led by students in Nicolet College’s Business Management program.

Ultimately, the multi-faceted project will result in individuals interested in adopting a pet or donating to the humane society having a greater understanding of the organization as well as the animals getting much-needed supplies and pet food.

service learning“Service learning projects are a great way for students to take what they’ve learned in the Management Program and apply it in a real-world setting,” said Dianne Lazear, Nicolet College Business Management/University Transfer Liberal Arts instructor.

“The students sharpen their skills and further develop their sense of social responsibility. A community organization, in this case the Oneida County Humane Society, fulfills a need  of their organization that they otherwise might not have been able to.”

The project included Business students working in consultation with Graphic Design students Charlotte Fohner and Katelin Kotarba to produce a business card and two different informational brochures for the humane society. One brochure details what’s involved in the pet adoption process and the other explains the benefits of donating goods and money to the organization.

Another aspect was a donation drive that has so far resulted in hundreds of pounds of food and many boxes of supplies for the humane society. As the final project component, students train the OCHS  staff how to update the electronic card and brochure files.  

The students also applied for, and received, a $500 grant from the Walmart Corporation which will go to the humane society. Drs. Foster & Smith have donated 16 large bags of dog and cat food. Students also have donation boxes set up at Nicolet College and other locations around Rhinelander.

“The students have done a fantastic job and we very much appreciate all of the time and effort they’ve put into this project,” said Bria Swartout, humane society director. “Everything they’ve done will go a long way in helping the humane society.”

Nicolet Business Management student Brett Turner said all of the work has been worth it.

“It gives you a good feeling to be able to help an organization like the Humane Society,” Turner said. “And we learned a lot in the process. The project was a great way for us to take what we learned in the classroom and apply it to a hands-on and very worthwhile project.”

Other area businesses and organizations that have donated goods and money to the Humane Society through this service learning project include Animal Healthcare Center, Maurices, Nativity Catholic Church, Northern Paws Animal Hospital, Trigs, and Ponsse.