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Making an Impact: Easy as Pi

Grand Traverse Pie Company and MSU Dairy Store Present Pi Day March 13 through the 16

In honor of Pi Day, a day celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14 (3.14), Broad College of Business Full-Time MBA students have partnered with the Grand Traverse Pie Company (GTPC) for a fundraiser to support Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center. Broad students and faculty will serve pie all day beginning Monday, March 13 through Thursday, March 16 on the ground floor of the North Business Center Complex, in the atrium adjacent to Starbucks.

Small Talk, located in Lansing, provides children abuse counseling and advocacy services. Accredited with the National Children’s Alliance, Small Talk offers no-cost support from law enforcement, counselors, trained interviewers, medical personnel, and prosecutors for children in the Lansing area.

“A central component to the business education here at Broad is the focus on community betterment, so we do this type of fundraising at the business college because it is who we are as Spartans and who we are as Broad MBA students,” said Steve Newark (FT-MBA Supply Chain Management ‘17), president of community outreach for the Graduate Supply Chain Management Association.

In addition to GTPC, Michigan State University’s Dairy Store joined the fundraising efforts at the business college. For suggested donations of $2 for pie and $1 for ice cream, all proceeds will benefit Small Talk. Last year, Broad students and deans served 400 slices of pie, and hope the joint involvement with the Dairy Store will boost participation across the university.

As part of the Pi Day celebrations, GTPC will again run a popular video social media contest in which participants submit videos of themselves reciting Pi digits. Prizes – which range from $500 in school supplies to free pie for a year – are awarded for the most informative and entertaining videos showing how Pi is used in our everyday lives. To view some ideas see Pi Day video entries or here for Contest Details.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating Pi Day with the MSU students and faculty this year. Pi Day is special as it ties in education while creating PIE memories with a bonus of helping others in the process.  That’s the Power of Pie and Pi together,” said Mike Busley, GTPC cofounder.


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