|Top Centre and national stories of 2004 chosen in poll
RELEASED: Jan. 6, 2005
DANVILLE, KYLast year will certainly be remembered for outstanding Centre accomplishments, but none was more important than Centres reclaiming the No. 1 slot in alumni giving percentage.
Centres return to alumni giving supremacy was ranked top campus story in a recent poll of Centre students, faculty and staff, who were asked to select the three biggest Centre and national stories of 2004.
The College received 5,686 alumni gifts during this years annual-giving campaign to give it the nations highest annual-giving percentage at 63.4 percent.
Sandra Day OConnors speech at commencement, in which she paid tribute to Centre alums and former Supreme Court Justices John Marshall Harlan (Class of 1850) and Fred M. Vinson (Class of 1909), came in a close second. Centres announcement launching a record $120 million fund-raising campaign came in third.
Other stories receiving significant numbers of votes were: the mens cross-country team advancing to the NCAA division III championships for the first time in school history; junior Tony Stefater winning a Goldwater Scholarship; Jackie Smith 04 winning a Fulbright Scholarship; Stephen Powell (Stodghill Professor of Art) being selected for the Acorn Award; Vince DiMartino (Matton Professor of Music) being named the Kentucky CASE professor of the year; and sophomore cross-country runner Eileen Schilling winning All-America status for the second consecutive year.
The top national story was the U.S. Presidential elections, followed by the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the war in Iraq. Not far behind were former U.S. President Ronald Reagans death, the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series, and the Florida hurricanes.
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