Manchester College students form non-profit
business to help North Manchester
replace its community pool
Business students at Manchester College are diving into fund-raising for North Manchester’s new pool and fitness complex with a golf outing, T-shirt sales and other support. It’s a spring tradition at the College: Students in Case Studies in Business form a non-profit corporation, complete with officers, products, marketing and distribution departments.
"We chose to raise funds for the pool and fitness complex to give back to the community that has given us so much over the past four years,” said senior accounting and finance major Dave Erpelding, president of Spartan Ink., this year’s non-profit corporation. “Because the pool and fitness complex will serve not only North Manchester, but also the College, we felt our funds and efforts would best be donated to help this project develop and make this community that much stronger."
The design – and the name – for the pool and fitness complex are still under discussion. It will replace the heavily used community pool at W. Ninth and N. Market streets, adjacent to Manchester High School and just down the street from the College. Because of structural dangers, the town closed the pool two years ago and the community school swim teams have disbanded under the cost burden of practicing in other communities.
Already, more than 20 four-golfer teams and 15 sponsors have signed up for a Saturday, April 17 Spartan Ink. scramble at Sycamore Golf Club east of North Manchester. The shotgun start is 12:30 p.m. for 18 holes, cart, lunch and lots of fun challenges for prizes. The fee for four-golfer teams is $200. Sycamore Golf Club owner/PGA pro Todd Sandow has generously donated most of the course cost, said Erpelding.
Spartan Ink. also is taking orders for custom T-shirts. The students will connect clients with a designer to create the perfect T-shirt for any group, team, or organization, with pricing varying according to the order. Spartan Ink. is selling “pool blue” rubber bracelets that declare the wearer’s support of the community pool and fitness complex project. The $2 bracelets say “SPLASH.”
BUS 474 Case Studies, taught by Professor Tim Ogden, is one of the final courses business and accounting majors must take before completing their degree. During finals week in mid-May, the 55 student “employees” of Spartan Ink. will gather to present their profits to community officials.
To donate, golf in the April 17 scramble, order T-shirts or connect with Spartan Ink., contact Chris Cecil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-709-5583 or Chris Cecil/North Manchester on Facebook. Spartan-Ink. also has a Facebook page. (Use the hyphen to differentiate from a similar-named page of fans of a university in Michigan.) Cecil also has created a Facebook page for the North Manchester Community Center.
Officers for Spartan Ink. (all are seniors)
President: David Erpelding of Lowell, Ind., accounting/finance
VP Marketing: Steve Tidwell of Chicago, marketing
VP Operations: Joshua Mote of Russiaville, Ind., marketing/management
VP Human Resources: Rosemary Bond of St. Charles, Mo., management
VP Finance: Brian Liffick of La Porte, Ind., accounting