University of Southern California

USC Marshall School of Business Hosts First Marshall Community Service Day
Marshall Students Connecting to Community, Relating Business to Service and Ethics
March 19, 2007 • by News at Marshall

LOS ANGELES - More than 150 undergraduate students, faculty, staff and others connected to the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California are expected to participate in the inaugural Marshall Community Service Day on March 24.

Participants will undertake a series of service projects in the communities around USC's campus. The event is a first for the business school, which is routinely rated among the nation's best.

The service day was the idea of senior Stephanie Atiase, an advocate for the notion that service is essential to being an effective business leader. Atiase led the formation of a student committee that selected volunteer sites and otherwise helped plan the event.

"This project is an ideal way to showcase our students' strong commitment to service," said Guillermina Molina-Sabatini, USC Marshall's director of undergraduate student services and the project's staff advisor. "One of Marshall's most important commitments is to teach students about the role of business institutions in society. Businesses, and business schools, are an important part of the communities where they are located, and have a responsibility to help strengthen and improve those communities."

MCSD will be held on March 24, a Saturday. Volunteers will gather in the Marshall area on the south side of USC's University Park campus. There, they will receive breakfast and a briefing about the volunteer sites.

"It takes faculty, students, staff and alumni to serve the community and to implement the MCSD mission," said Atiase.

Members of the Marshall family interested in participating can register at

Marshall Community Service Day Sites:

1) San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Nine Career Advantage Program mentors and student volunteers will join the construction of three homes at 900 E. Palmer Avenue in Glendale. The homes have been under construction since last June and still need help from about 20 volunteers working on a variety of tasks that require no construction experience. For more information, email

2) Dream Center: Adopt a Block.
Adopt a Block builds relationships with and offers assistance to low-income and homeless families in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Volunteers distribute food, clothing and household necessities, paint over graffiti, and clean up neighborhoods. For more information, email

3) Midnight Mission.
The mission is one of the region's oldest continuously operating human services organizations. Volunteers will serve lunch to Midnight Mission guests. For more information, email, or

4) Business Scholars.
This project encourages children to think about the basic needs and functions of starting a business. Groups of five to six students will start a business and prepare a business plan. They will spend 20 to 30 minutes each with professors from accounting/finance, marketing, management and organization, entrepreneurship and management communication, then present their finished plans to a group of judges. For more information, email

5) Pantene Beautiful Lengths with visit to Good Samaritan Hospital cancer ward.
A two-day project with Supercuts and Good Samaritan Hospital helps volunteers change the lives of cancer sufferers facing hair loss from medical treatments. For more information, email

6) Shriners Hospital for Children.
Volunteers will work at Shriners Hospital for Children, including reading, making crafts and playing games. For more information, email

Join Marshall Community Service Day

To sign up for Service Day, visit
For other information, visit:

Guillermina Molina
USC Marshall School of Business
Director of Undergraduate Student Services
(213) 740-0691

Stephanie Atiase
Founder, Marshall Community Service Day
USC Marshall of Business
(512) 507-2024

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.