Amidst Halloween celebrations on the Lawn Friday, Puppies for a Purpose offered trick-or-treaters the chance to interact with dogs in exchange for donations of any amount to the Charlottesville Albemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The event was planned as part of a Project Management class assignment by fourth-year Commerce students Brewer Congleton, Hagan Rushton, Noah Craig, Nathan Gemmell and Evan Childress. The students were inspired by a personal love of dogs to use the project to help local shelter dogs, Congleton said. "We all grew up with dogs and many of us have adopted from the SPCA,” Congleton said. As a no-kill shelter, the SPCA was a particularly attractive candidate for the donations that the project received, Brewer said. Attendees also had the option of having digital or polaroid photos taken with the dogs for an additional $5 donation. The group made about $400, and Rushton said “many hundreds” came to the booth. The aim of their class, taught by Commerce Prof. Jason Williamson, is to combine theoretical knowledge with the practical skills needed for the impactful management of projects. Its topics including stakeholder management, project value measurement, estimation workshops and project management tools. Read this article translated into Chinese here.