In 2011, members of The Davis Center for Portfolio Management extended an invitation to CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Mr. Warren Buffett to attend the University of Dayton’s annual RISE Forum. Unable to arrange schedules to coincide with the conference, students from the Davis Center were graciously invited to Omaha for a tour of Berkshire Hathaway. The students were overwhelmed with excitement the entire trip, the climax of which was a meet and greet with Mr. Warren Buffett! In addition to meeting one of their financial heroes, the students were encouraged to ask questions to "The Oracle of Omaha” himself. The trip was a success, and a once in a lifetime experience for all of the Davis Center members who participated.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 5k Run
The JDRF Run has built a nationwide network of advocates who are dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. In 2011 and 2012, 15 Davis Center members donated their time to help make the walk a success. They helped set up and take down the event, ran different stations providing entertainment for families, and handed out water for the runners.
Dayton City School’s “Trunk or Treat”
In 2013, members of the Davis Center participated in Dayton City School’s “Trunk or Treat.” Trunk or Treat is an annual event at local elementary schools where the community comes together and trick or treats out of the trunks of cars in the school's parking lot. This event allows children who may not be able to trick or treat in their neighborhoods due to safety or mobility issues have the opportunity to trick or treat in a controlled environment. On Thursday, October 24 from 5-8 PM, 13 members of the DCPM volunteered their time by passing out candy to children at Cleveland Elementary near campus. It was a blast for the volunteers and children alike!
First Ever Annual Davis Center Canned Food Drive
A new tradition that began in 2013 is the Annual DCPM Canned Food Drive. The business school-wide drive lasted from December 4-13 with all of the collected items donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society. The food drive was a success with over 100 items donated. St. Vincent de Paul appreciated our donation; members are excited to donate again in the future!
Christmas on Campus
Each year, UD celebrates Christmas on Campus (COC), a hallmark event symbolizing the Catholic and Marianist tradition of the university. As described by the COC website, the tradition of celebrating Christmas and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception dates back to 1964 when a group of students gathered and decided they wanted to celebrate Christmas before they left for the holidays and so COC was born. Since then, it has evolved into the night of wonder that students know today. Each year members participate in the festivities by running a carnival themed booth in the gymnasium for children to enjoy. This is one of the members' favorite traditions as it is always a magical night.