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Business students to hold pancake sale to raise funds for Hornell Humane Society

A group of students in Contemporary Business class taught by Jean Ellefson, assistant professor of analytics in Alfred University’s College of Business, are hosting a pancake breakfast-lunch this Friday, April 5, to support the Hornell Humane Society.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Table in Powell Campus Center. The price is $8 per person pre-order, or $10 per person at the door, and includes three pancakes, two sausages, and a drink (endless coffee or juice). There are gluten-free and vegan options available.

In the Contemporary Business class, students learn about entrepreneurship by creating and running a business. The course reflects the College of Business’s efforts to offer experiential opportunities to students. Students write business plans, create a pitch for their plans, and bring their plans to life through pop-up businesses like Friday’s pancake sale. All profits are donated to charities selected by the students.

Zoelle Payne is one of 10 students in Ellefson’s Contemporary Business class who are part of the group which organized the pancake fundraiser. She said the project helped students learn the importance of working together to promote a successful business venture.

“We learned about the importance and efficiency of role assignment for group activities,” Payne commented. “We learned the different roles an individual can play within a team, which was crucial to our teamwork. We all took on a different role that we essentially specialized in. Those specializations help things go a lot quicker and smoother as people can work within their strengths.” 

Payne said her group chose the Hornell Humane Society as the beneficiary of their pop-up business in part because of the volunteer work she has done at the animal shelter.

“I have been volunteering there for a while and have seen how much they care about their animals. They really want to find them homes and make their lives as best as possible,” Payne said. “My entire group also is interested in benefiting the animals as much as we can. Funds are needed to make that happen, so we wanted to donate our proceeds to them.” 

Pre-orders for Friday’s pancake breakfast-lunch must me made by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Use the QR code in the above image to pre-order; payment can be made via Venmo at AlfredPancakes.