A great place to make memories, a place to make a difference, a place where people care about and respect people -- these are just a few of the ways co-chairs for the 2009 All-University Campaign describe K-State. And these are the reasons they feel K-State is worth supporting.
"K-State is a great place. The culture here is unique -- people genuinely respect and care for others and really give of themselves to achieve K-State's mission," said Bradley Kramer, head of K-State's department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and director of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute. "That kind of culture doesn't last unless people continue to invest their time and effort to make K-State great. I think the All-University Campaign is one of those activities that help each of us focus our efforts to develop K-State into what we want it to be."
The All-University Campaign is an internal fundraising effort to benefit K-State. The campaign is run by campus volunteers and is focused on the participation of all employees, faculty and staff, the K-State Alumni Association, the Kansas State University Foundation and K-State Athletics.
Kramer is one of four co-chairs for the upcoming campaign. The other volunteers are Cheryl Grice, manager in employment services; Darla Thomas, public service administrator in the department of animal science and industry; and Laurel Littrell, associate professor with Hale Library. All four co-chairs say they hope to encourage campus colleagues to make a difference at K-State by giving to the area where they care most.
"By giving to K-State, we make our institution stronger and positively influence our work environment by investing in those activities and objectives that are most important to us," Kramer said.
The All-University Campaign allows faculty and staff members to make one-time gifts, sign up for payroll deductions or explore a variety of long-range gift planning options designated to any of the funds and causes at K-State, with the specific goal of increasing campus participation.
ALL-UNIVERSITY CAMPAIGN FOR K-STATE KICKOFF ICE CREAM SOCIAL
In the campaign's first year, 16 percent of K-State employees made a gift to the university. By its second and third year, 32 percent of faculty and staff had participated. The campaign co-chairs hope that participation will continue to rise in this the campaign's fourth year.
Campaign participation packets will be available through any one of about 60 volunteer faculty and staff campaign representatives Sept. 3.
K-State's 2009 All-University Campaign will officially kick off with an ice cream social at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the K-State Student Union Bosco Plaza. A kick-off event for K-State at Salina will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Admissions Lobby. Additional information -- including ways to give online -- is available through the campaign's Web site: http://www.found.ksu.edu/alluniversity/.
Photo: The 2009 All-University Campaign co-chairs, pictured from left to right, are Laurel Littrell, associate professor with Hale Library; Bradley Kramer, head of K-State's department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and director of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute; Darla Thomas, public service administrator in the department of animal science and industry; and Cheryl Grice, manager in employment services.