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MCC Students Embark on Great Scot Hunt with Positive Results

[Monday, June 19, 2017]


MCC students in Sherry Ridge's Introduction to Business class participated in the Great Scot Hunt during spring semester to find MCC alumni and urge them to participate in an online survey. A total of 296 surveys were completed. Pictured are, first row, on grass, Bilal Qureshi and Kevin Pineda; and second row, seated, Cassandra Koch, Matthew Panek, Gil Mercado, Cayla Domagala, Chris Para, Trent Kilian and Eliza McNish; and third row, Andrew Layoff, Jordan Morrison, James Ruttle, Chad Gresham, Alyssa Peluso, Roberto Lopez, Magen Rafalzik and instructor Sherry Ridge; and back row, Pedro Jimenez, Keith Peotter, Kevin Heggen, Ron Orist, Dakota Morrison, Alex Montwicki, Jeff Sample, Calvin Thomason and Jake Deditz.

McHenry County College business instructor Sherri Ridge sent her students on a hunt—unlike a scavenger hunt or an Easter egg hunt—her students embarked on the Great Scot Hunt to find MCC alumni and urge them to participate in a survey. Many students turned to social media and some scurried around the campus community to find alumni in person.

Students reported their progress each week to the whole class and as an incentive, prizes were awarded for the team with the most Scots found and a grand prize—a $100 scholarship—to the winning team that had the most Scots completing the survey. A total of 296 surveys were completed by MCC alumni and the results will be analyzed by students in Ridge’s fall semester Intro to Business class.

This project was a joint effort between the Business Department and the Friends of MCC Foundation.

"It was interesting to read the students’ reflections on this project," Ridge said. "Many students noted that just using social media was not the key and that they had to get out of their comfort zone and actually speak to people and ask them to take the survey—all important issues in business."

Chad Gresham of Wonder Lake was a member of the winning team who found the most Scots—47 using Facebook and Twitter.

“I just posted a link to my mother’s Facebook page,” Gresham said. “There were a lot of people who answered,” he said. If people answered the survey honestly, then the information is very valuable. It’s nice to see how past Scots reflected on their time here.”

“This project showed that social media has a networking outlet to reach other people,” Gresham said. “In today’s world everything is created around social media.”

"It was interesting," said Dakota Morrison of Crystal Lake. "This class is different than anything I've taken in the past. We came back from spring break and we had zero responses. Then, all of a sudden, we had over 30 responses in one week."

The survey asked alumni to list their course of study, extra-curricular activities, interest in college events and their email address to be placed in an alumni database. Business students could not see the responses immediately, as the survey was through Survey Monkey, and the responses were directed to the Foundation office.

"This was a great collaborative effort between our students, faculty and the Foundation to help achieve our goal of connecting and engaging with our MCC Alumni," said Brian DiBona, executive director of the Friends of MCC Foundation. "The information we received will be very helpful. The Foundation looks forward to working with our students and faculty on more exciting collaborative efforts in the future."





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