Alumni and friends of Fort Hays State University provided $2.2 million in contributions for university projects and programs during fiscal year 2005, which ended June 30.
"This level of support is made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends, the dedication of our volunteers and the hard work of the endowment staff," said FHSU Endowment Association President and CEO Virgil Scott.
"It is a partnership that exists to serve the needs of the FHSU community, and we are thankful for their commitment."
During FY05, membership in the Lyman D. Wooster Society, for those who make commitments to the FHSU Endowment Association in their estates, increased 33 percent with 16 new commitments to FHSU through estate planning.
Annual Gifts to FHSU increased 7 percent, with $1.1 million raised by three annual appeals -- the Tiger Call phonathon, the Campus Drive and the FHSU Community Drive.
The phonathon raised $457,253 in pledges and contributions from FHSU alumni. Dr. Tim Crowley, former chair of the Department of Music, and Brenda Hoopingarner, chair of the Department of Allied Health, led the phonathon, in which 567 volunteers called FHSU alumni.
During the FHSU Campus Drive, $87,827 was given by current and retired faculty and staff. Leadership for the Campus Drive was provided by Dr. Mike Slattery, professor of educational administration and counseling, Gloria Pfeifer, FHSU Printing Services, and Dr. Ed Stehno, professor emeritus.
The Community Drive raised $226,241 from the Hays business community. Chairs were Tom Lippert, Hays postmaster, and Kris Dewell, Hays Realtor. They led 96 volunteers.
Annual gifts to the FHSU Endowment Association provide more than $1 million in revenue for the university each year. This money is used to enhance scholarship awards, purchase library resources, support research activities for faculty and students, maintain lab equipment, bring guest lecturers to campus, and a host of other needs not provided by state funding.