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Gifts for gab: Faculty and staff can win prizes, boost scholarship funds by phoning alums

August 26, 2003

Staff in the Alumni and Annual Giving Office are planning the annual telephone solicitation campaign to raise money for scholarships, and faculty and staff can win prizes for participating in the fall event.

Phonathon 2003 will be held from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 23 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill. Last year's participants raised $86,733.
August 26, 2003

Staff in the Alumni and Annual Giving Office are planning the annual telephone solicitation campaign to raise money for scholarships, and faculty and staff can win prizes for participating in the fall event.

Phonathon 2003 will be held from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 23 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill. Last year's participants raised $86,733.

All donations go to the department designated by callers. The funds can be non-endowed, which means awards can be made immediately from the gifts received, or they can be endowed, in which case scholarship awards will come from interest earned.

"Not only is this an opportunity to boost your department's scholarships funding, but it's also a chance to make contact with your alumni and let them know what's happening with you, your department and the University," says Shelia Boone, director of alumni and annual giving.

Though you'd think alumni might view the calls as telephone solicitations and therefore undesirable, they don't, Boone says. "They thoroughly enjoy talking with their former professors, and they like the special attention."

Faculty and staff will be given an opportunity to review department names in advance and select those alumni they wish to call. Students will call those alumni that remain. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be awarded to the top three faculty and staff callers.

Those wishing to participate should call Boone at 7979 to let her know which day or dates they prefer to participate. This enables her to allocate the right number of phones. Calling also may be done from faculty and staff offices with a specially issued cell phone.