||"Student Campaign for A More Perfect Centre" underway
RELEASED: April 2, 2004
DANVILLE, KYImagine the College without the Combs Center Warehouse, the Art Barn, Greek Park, 16 professors and 29 scholarships. These improvementsamong many otherswere all a result of the last Centre fund-raising campaign.
Now, 10 years later, Centre students have a chance to make a difference on their campus and add value to their Centre degree.
The Centre student body has kicked off the Student Campaign for A More Perfect Centre, as part of Centres $120-million dollar Campaign for A More Perfect Centre.
This is just a special opportunity, says Stephen Dexter, Centre student government association president. Were asking people to become educated on what the campaign is and invest themselves in it.
He says the campaigns goal is to have 50 percent student body participation. If they meet their goal, money raised from the student campaign will go toward The College Centre, paying for an archway connecting the Crounse Academic Center and the Sutcliffe Athletic Center.
The archway will represent the center of the Centre experience, uniting our academic pursuits with athletics and recreation, says Dexter, a double major in English and government from Danville.
The College Centre is a $22-million expansion and renovation of Crounse Academic Center and Sutcliffe Athletic Center. It will create a state-of-the-art academic and recreation/athletic complex. The grand opening for the facility is slated for the fall of 2005.
This phase of the student campaign will last through the first week of May. All students are encouraged to participate, and seniors gifts for The Honor Walk can be counted toward both the Annual Fund and the student campaign. The Honor Walk is a ceremony held during commencement weekend in which seniors honor friends, family and Centre faculty and staff who have helped them during their time at Centre. Seniors are also encouraged to make a donation to the College in honor of the person that they recognize during The Honor Walk.
As an incentive for students to give, there will be a competition between the five fraternities, four sororities and independent students on campus. The group that raises the most money for the project will receive T-shirts. T-shirts will also be given to those who contribute gifts of $25 or more. As a special bonus, if there are 300 $5 gifts, Centre President John Roush promises to give a concert on the steps of Old Centre.
I think this is a wonderful project that could have a far greater impact than just the dollars raised, says Shawn Lyons, associate vice president for development and alumni affairs.
With Route 66 as the theme, Centre is trying to climb back into the top national spot for annual alumni-giving percentage. For the past two years, Centre has fallen just short of claiming the No. 1 ranking. The College has been on top 16 of the past 20 years and hopes to make it 17 out of 21 by achieving 66 percent in annual-giving percentage.
To make a gift to Centre, visit http://gifts.centre.edu/, and for regular updates on Centres progress toward the challenge go to http://flamerun.centre.edu/66challenge.html. For more on the College Centre, see http://www.centre.edu/cc/.
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