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Source: Julie Lea, 785-532-7564,

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University faculty and staff members set an all-time record this year with the highest participation rate ever in the annual All-University Campaign for K-State. The campaign is an internal fundraising effort run by campus faculty and staff volunteers that specifically focuses on participation.

In its fifth year, the All-University Campaign for K-State enjoyed a 37 percent participation rate, up from 34 percent last year. More than 1,800 faculty and staff members participated this year, and 16 work groups increased their overall participation over last year. More than 100 employees made their first gift to K-State during the campaign.

During the All-University Campaign, faculty and staff members direct gifts to the area they care about most. More than 1,000 gifts were made to scholarship funds. Faculty and staff members also made 6,463 gifts to excellence funds, 509 gifts to support facilities enhancement and 474 gifts to support faculty excellence.

More than 160 gifts went to the Classified Opportunity Fund, created especially for the All-University Campaign to help classified employees with academic achievement and for work expenses not funded by their departments. The fund also rewards outstanding leadership on behalf of classified employees.

Campaign co-chair Dave Fritchen, professor and head of the department of architectural engineering and construction science, credits this year's success to K-Staters' commitment to the university and its future.

"This year's campaign was a great success and a testimony to how much we, as faculty and staff, truly care about K-State," Fritchen said. "Our collective support sends a powerful message that we believe in K-State's future."

Fritchen co-chaired the campaign with Rebecca Gould, Information Technology Assistance Center; Cheryl Grice, Division of Human Resources; Kevin Gwinner, College of Business Administration; Debby Hiett, College of Human Ecology; Curtis Kastner, College of Agriculture; and Terri Wyrick, Facilities Services.

The All-University Campaign is designed to raise awareness throughout the campus community about the importance of private gifts to K-State. The campaign is led by the 62-member All-University Campaign Committee. Faculty and staff members from the Manhattan campus, K-State Salina, K-State Alumni Association, KSU Foundation and K-State athletics all participated in this year's campaign.

More information about this year's campaign is available at