Fort Hays State University's annual Tiger Call Alumni Phon-a-thon, ending Nov. 20, earned $430,708 in pledges to support the school's scholarship programs.
"We are up 2 percent over 2002 pledges," said Cathy Van Doren, the FHSU Endowment Association's director of annual giving. "As the economy improves I am confident our numbers will continue to grow."
Dr. Tom Newton, professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and Dr. Tim Crowley, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music, co-chaired Tiger Call 2003. They set the pace for volunteer recruitment across the campus, resulting in 641 faculty, staff and student volunteers.
Volunteers made contact with 16,753 alumni and secured 6,539 pledges.
A Tiger Call scholarship celebration was hosted at the Bijou Room on Dec. 4. The Department of Allied Health and the Student Alumni Association were recognized for their outstanding team performance, and 110 Percent Club certificates were awarded to 25 call teams for increasing last year's team totals by 10 percent.
Grand prize winners were Jesse Mahoney, head volleyball coach and instructor of health and human performance, and Catherine Rupp, Hays sophomore. Jacque McKenna, Jennings senior, won a Tiger Call book scholarship for the spring 2004 semester.
"Tiger Call is the largest fundraising event of the annual giving campaign," Van Doren said. "We would not be successful without the food and prizes provided by the Hays business community and volunteers from the campus community."