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Faculty & Staff Scholarship Committee Has a Talent for Fundraising

Columbia's Got Talent

On December 2, 2010 the “Columbia’s Got Talent” fundraiser raised over $16,000 in support of students. Faculty and staff members with a wide range of talents performed for “tips” as they entertained. Among the list of acts for the talent show were a juggler, a poet, interpretive dancers, and several musical acts from different departments. Bethany Brownholtz, a member of the organizing committee for the event performed a medley of Lady Gaga’s songs, “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” while dressed as the performer. The event provided an opportunity for faculty and staff members to show off their talents in support of Columbia’s students. “We have so much talent at this school,” Susan Imus said. “I thought, ‘Why don’t we provide a venue for staff and faculty to share their own talents and earn money for students at the same time?’” This event followed another successful committee event, the “Loft Party,” back in April, 2010. That event raised more than $11,000 for Scholarship Columbia.

Read further coverage in the Columbia Chronicle.

Columbia has the greatest concentration of young creative talent in its student body (not to mention in us-the faculty and staff)! The reality is that a large amount of students need financial support to stay at Columbia. Columbia’s administration has increased student support from $3 million to $21 million over the last 2 years but THAT’S STILL NOT ENOUGH! It’s time for us to do our part as staff & faculty! It’s time for us to directly help students financially! Every penny counts, especially when donating to Scholarship Columbia–a matching challenge program to provide student scholarships.

The Faculty & Staff Scholarship Committee started with one faculty member standing up at a college address by President Warrick L. Carter and asking the simple question, “What can I do to help?” Since then, that member of the college, J. Wayne Tukes, has continued to inspire and recruit new members for the committee. Pattie Mackenzie of the School of Media Arts has also played a large role on the committee since its inception. Other members include Richard Woods of Building Services, Jonathan Keiser and Marty Kane from Academic Affairs, Bob Blinn from the College Advising Center, Bethany Brownholtz from Dance Movement Therapy, and many more. To learn more about what the committee does contact Pattie Mackenzie. Tell her you’d like to join! They are always looking for more members.

To make every penny count, we have opened the door & our hearts to Scholarship Columbia.

Here’s how the Scholarship Columbia match works:

DOUBLE THE DIFFERENCE: Any gift from staff or faculty will be matched 1:1
That means $10 each paycheck becomes $480 for students every year

TRIPLE THE DIFFERENCE: Any gift from faculty or staff who is also a Colum Alum will be matched 2:1
That means $10 each paycheck becomes $720 for students every year

Imagine if we all just gave a little bit. No matter the size of your gift, it will now do a lot more. Let’s show our students how much their education means to us.

PLEASE NOTE: Contributions via payroll deduction must be made by completing the hard copy contribution form.

Visit the official Faculty and Staff Scholarship Initiative website to watch the faculty/staff produced videos for this campaign.