12/28/2018 10:52 am
One of the great joys of serving this wonderful institution as its 18th president is the regular interactions I have with alumni and friends. We have great supporters spread throughout the world and I have had an opportunity to visit with alumni and friends throughout the United States – from Massachusetts to California, from Florida to Minnesota, and many points in between. A common refrain is that the time spent here by our alumni had a significant positive impact on their lives and vocations. This impact is shared through stories – most often related to the difference that our faculty and staff, past and present, made in the lives of students.
A natural impulse of those whom I meet is to want to continue to support this institution that means so much to them. That support generally manifests itself through financial giving, whether to operations, scholarships, or special projects. We are grateful for all gifts – and we need them. As our campus continues to age, there are a multitude of needs related to upgrading and maintaining our facilities and infrastructure. And as the higher education student market becomes more competitive, the need for scholarship and operational support is critical.
As we prepare to successfully close out our Rock Solid and Ready Capital Campaign, one of my ongoing foci will be to encourage alumni and friends to consider a regular, annual gift to Rockford University. In particular, my goal is to increase the number of those who give at least $1,000 per year. We recognize those giving at that level (or above) as members of the Jane Addams Society. This number currently stands at less than 150, while many schools our size have several times this number. If you are a Jane Addams Society member — thank you for your significant support of Rockford University. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining this important group. Your financial support will allow us to invest in making this institution one that continues to thrive in its 172nd year and beyond.
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