July 23, 2012

Volume 6, Issue 48 July 23, 2012
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Record giving in 2011-12 affirms campaign and college priorities

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The launch of the public phase of the Now Is the Time campaign last November served as a rallying call, and that call was answered in record numbers – the campaign total has reached $110 million!

John Bogley, vice president for development and college relations, reports that gifts made during the 2011-12 fiscal year surpassed $18.5 million. This giving total exceeds the previous all-time high in giving to the college, achieved a year ago, by almost 22 percent. New commitments to the campaign this past year, including multi-year pledges, have exceeded $21 million.

“The outpouring of support has been extraordinary,” Bogley says. “Already, gifts to the campaign are allowing us to add professorships, increase the number of paid internships for students, expand student-faculty research opportunities and endow our commitment to providing access for students regardless of their economic circumstances.”

Among the many noteworthy gifts this year were commitments to establish two new professorships, a record-setting Senior Class Fund that resulted in gifts exceeding $75,000 and a significant increase in giving by staff and faculty – both in the number of donors and dollars.

Bogley is particularly grateful to staff and faculty donors and believes that the entire campus community contributes to the success of the campaign through their good work.

“Staff and faculty can be proud that their efforts often inspire the gift of a lifetime from generous donors who see and invest in the good work going on here,” Bogley says. “We all should be proud of the work we do every day. When alumni, parents and friends of the college visit, it’s not uncommon for them to comment on the professionalism, friendliness and positive energy that they experience on campus.”

For more, visit the campaign website.

Whitman Night with the Walla Walla Sweets!

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Staff and faculty are invited to attend Whitman Night at the Walla Walla Sweets baseball game on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Two free tickets are available per staff/faculty member on a first-come, first-served basis, starting Wednesday, July 25. You may pick up your tickets from Krista Meyer in the President’s Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There are 300 tickets available, and they must be picked up in person.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m. with the Sweets playing the Bellingham Bells. This particular game is also themed “Disco Night,” so feel free to dress accordingly and come prepared to get your groove on!

Campus Directory: back by popular demand; accuracy check emails coming

The college will once again create a printed Campus Directory that includes offices/departments and the full alphabetical listings of staff and faculty.

The information used in the directory is pulled from Datatel and needs to be verified. It is the same information that is used in People Search. Later this month all staff and faculty will receive an email from the Human Resources staff asking you to review your People Search listing and notify them of changes or corrections. You are asked to please attend to this request and the stated deadline – doing so will help ensure accuracy and enable the production and delivery of the directory in a timely manner. The target delivery date is the first week of October.

Watch The Fountain and campus emails for detailed information about ordering copies. The price is $1.50 per copy. You will be able to order through Boyer House and charge the costs to your office/department budget.

Parting Shot
By Greg Lehman, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

Just a pretty photo of the flowers at the entrance to the Music Building on a recent 90-plus degree day. Full size.

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In This Issue
Campaign Update
Walla Walla Sweets
Campus Directory
Parting Shot

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