Greetings from the Alumni Relations Office!Many alumni may not be aware that this is the final year of the Campaign for Rhodes, a capital campaign to raise $250 million with the primary purpose of having the resources to provide all deserving students who want to be here and deserve to be here the benefit of a Rhodes education.
While we are attempting to raise an unprecedented amount of money, this has not been the traditional campaign focused on “bricks and mortar.” Inspiring the Rhodes community to provide endowment funding in support of students and the faculty who teach them requires a different approach. No slick brochures. No fancy dinners.
Rather, this has been a campaign of one-on-one visits and matching individuals’ interests with opportunities at Rhodes.
Think back over the past nine issues of this magazine, beginning in summer ’07 when board chair Bill Michaelcheck ’69 said in an article titled “Fighting Above Our Weight Class”: “Most, if not all, of the institutions we compete with for students have larger endowments, and therefore larger scholarships, than we do. It’s a real challenge.” In ensuing articles we told stories of remarkable student transformations and faculty mentoring, we profiled donors, we explained where the resources are invested. In this issue (see p. 2) you can read about the advantages of supporting international education.
The “subtle” approach is having success. There is still a way to go and we need your help.
Rhodes is doing so many things so very well. At the core of the enterprise, students are learning at the hands of caring faculty who engage and mentor them as they go about amazing discovery. I think you would be hardpressed to find an institution that is providing a better experience for students in their undergraduate studies. Raising the endowment provides opportunity for others to receive the benefits of this remarkable education.
This is no time to be timid. If you are giving $1,000 a year now, please commit to $2,000 or more. If you have been able to give $100 a year, step it up to $250. If you have been giving occasionally, now is the time to get in the practice of donating annually. Deciding upon an amount and making a pledge for five years will help Rhodes reach its campaign goal. But what is most important, it will help generations of students in the future attend this special college.
Please do your part.
With all good wishes,
Associate Vice President and
Director of Alumni Relations