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$84,753 raised in Phonathon

January 14, 2002

Austin Peay State University students, faculty and staff raised more than $84,000 for scholarships during Phonathon 2001.

Sponsored by APSU's Alumni and Annual Giving Office, Phonathon is an annual telephone solicitation campaign to raise money for academic scholarships.

For the second straight year, Lawrence Baggett, associate professor and chair of the department of accounting, was the top faculty caller, raising $19,826 for the department of accounting. Dr. Bruce Myers, professor of mathematics and computer science, collected $5,050 for the George Brotherton Scholarship. Dr. Gaines Hunt, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, followed with $2,735 for the department of agriculture.

Kalechia Murray, a junior communication major, was the top student caller, raising $4,720. Toya Richardson, a junior interdisciplinary studies major, was the second-place student caller, collecting $2,840. Stenisa Jones, a junior English major, followed with $1,960.

Sixty-three faculty and staff members and 48 students raised a total of $84,753. The Alumni and Annual Giving Office has sponsored Phonathon since 1995.

"While we raised less money this year, it is important to acknowledge the fact that people continued to give and that we raised as much as we did in view of the Sept. 11 tragedy and the feeling of uneasiness that followed. We talked with several people who lost their jobs, which affected their ability to give, and many people were uncertain about their economic future and, therefore, were afraid to give. We were sensitive to their concerns," said Shelia Boone, director of alumni and annual giving.

"Under the circumstances, I am delighted with the total scholarship dollars raised and appreciate greatly the generosity of our alumni who continue to support this project," said Boone.

Boone thanks Verizon Wireless for donating cellular telephones and airtime, ARAMARK Catering Services for contributing food for the callers, Coca-Cola for providing beverages and the APSU telecommunications staff for their assistance in equipping the classrooms with multiple telephone lines.

"All of these people were instrumental in the success of Phonathon 2001," said Boone.