Anderson University’s Falls School of Business (FSB) is partnering with the Tumaini AIDS Prevention Program (TAPP) to give students new opportunities to explore social entrepreneurship and international business. TAPP provides holistic ministry and care to 40 districts of Uganda and other African countries affected by HIV and AIDS.
TAPP was started by Church of God missionary Colleen Stevenson in 2004. Working to break down stigma and provide healing to those affected by AIDS, TAPP set up communities across Uganda where individuals could learn valuable skills and enjoy the benefits of close contact with other individuals in similar life situations. Many members of TAPP communities began learning the skill of creating beaded jewelry out of recycled paper and, with the help of a group of Anderson University students, began selling the jewelry in the US in 2006.
Scott Schomburg, co-founding director of TAPP USA, explains that the program first partnered with the Falls School of Business in 2007. “After we first incorporated, we realized we needed help with the legal aspects of running a business,” says Schomburg. “We connected with the FSB and were directed to Professor Greg Heberling, who was more than happy to assist and advise us.” Now, the operations of TAPP USA will be fully conducted under the FSB and will allow students to become engaged with the work the organization is doing.
Heberling says the opportunities created through the partnership will be a tremendous learning experience. “We’re excited about letting our marketing students broaden TAPP’s penetration into the Christian bookstore market as well as working with art and design students to look at TAPP’s logo and branding, giving students with international interests the chance to visit Uganda and see who we’re trying to help, and more,” said Heberling.
Looking at the partnership, Schomburg sees a vital merger of theology and business education. “I definitely see the marriage of TAPP with Anderson University as a marriage between practice and academics,” he explains. “We’re exploring the intersection of theology and business as a social mission. I can already see this exploration will be a fruitful endeavor that will last for years.”
Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business, emphasizes the potential for first-hand experience the partnership creates. “We don't want Anderson University students to wait four years before they get to practice their vocation,” says Truitt. “We want them to experience real life right now. The partnership with TAPP will provide students the chance to serve others and learn to master their craft.”
To learn more about the Tumaini AIDS Prevention Program and its work both in the United States and across the world, visit tapphope.org. The TAPP USA offices can be reached at (765) 631-1741 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology. Falls School of Business is one of Anderson University’s largest academic departments offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs. The school is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).