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APSU'S Phonathon 2003 raises more than $90,000

December 16, 2003


Austin Peays Phonathon 2003 raised $90,954 for University scholarships, according to Shelia Boone, director of alumni and annual giving.

I am delighted with the total monies raised to date, and the fact that we have already surpassed the totals from the previous two years, and this is just the end of November, says Boone. Because donations will be counted through June 30, 2004, I know we will reach our original goal of $100,000.
December 16, 2003


Austin Peay's Phonathon 2003 raised $90,954 for University scholarships, according to Shelia Boone, director of alumni and annual giving.

“I am delighted with the total monies raised to date, and the fact that we have already surpassed the totals from the previous two years, and this is just the end of November,” says Boone. “Because donations will be counted through June 30, 2004, I know we will reach our original goal of $100,000.”

Fifty-five faculty, staff and students collected pledges from APSU alumni Sept. 29-Oct. 23. Alumni could choose to contribute to the general scholarship fund or specific departmental scholarships.

Boone says, “Phonathon is a wonderful chance for us to connect personally with our alumni and not only solicit donations, but also renew old acquaintances, give them an update on what's happening on campus and alert them of upcoming activities.”

Lawrence Baggett, associate professor and chair of accounting, was the top faculty caller, bringing in $16,031. He was followed by Dr. Bruce Myers, professor of computer science and information technology, who raised $5,610. Dr. David Kanervo, professor and chair of political science, raised $2,560.

The top student caller was Tabatha Sarco, who raised $6,165 and earned $50 in cash awards for her efforts.

In addition, six students were inducted into the Phonathon “Hall of Fame” for pledges of at least $2,500 or at least 75 pledges of $25 or more: Jennifer Marlow (senior, sociology major), Keith Parker (freshman, history major), Sanita Miller (senior, health and human performance major), Patrice Callahan (senior, health and human performance major), Toya Richardson (senior, interdisciplinary studies major) and Sarco (junior, biology major). Each received a $25 cash award.

“It was because of an enthusiastic and committed group of faculty, staff and student callers that we were able to achieve this level of success, thereby providing many students an opportunity to further their education,” says Boone.

All of the donated money will go to scholarships, thanks to Verizon Wireless, which donated the use of 19 cell phones and absorbed the cost of calls to more than 15,000 alumni for the sixth consecutive year. The group also used land lines provided by APSU Telephone Services.

In addition, Phonathon workers enjoyed an outpouring of support from local merchants bearing free food. These generous vendors included Chick-Fil-A, Wendy's, Fazoli's, O'Charley's (Riverside Drive), Kentucky Fried Chicken (Madison Street), Arby's, Jack In The Box, Captain D's, Michael's Pizza (Wilma Rudolph Boulevard), Heavenly Ham, Whitt's Barbecue, Hardee's, Subway (Riverside Drive) and Cici's Pizza.

“Phonathon is a big project for us, and definitely one of the most worthwhile,” says Boone. “I'm glad to be able to be able to give such a good report."

For more information, telephone Boone at 7979.
—Rebecca Mackey