(January 23, 2013) The McNeese Alumni Association will host its 20th annual phonathon over the next two weeks with the help of McNeese students who will call alumni from around the country. During this time they will update alumni contact information and will ask McNeese graduates to help support the university by making a donation to the McNeese Alumni Annual Fund.
The phonathon will run from Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 4-5, and according to Joyce Patterson, McNeese alumni affairs director, these alumni donations help to support the university and alumni programming.
"We encourage McNeese graduates to answer the call and show their support for McNeese in helping us reach this year's goal of $80,000," said Patterson. "These donations are used throughout the year to provide support for areas of greatest need on campus. This includes money for scholarships, student research grants, university promotions and marketing, student recruitment, alumni programs such as reunions, newsletters, alumni roundups and other areas where state funding is not available.
"When alumni give, it then strengthens the university's attempts to acquire other outside funding. Gifts of all sizes are added together to help make an impact on the university. It is financial support from our alumni that helps to keep the university on the cutting edge of technology and to best complete our mission of educating our students and preparing them for the workforce," she explained.
The phonathon is also a great way to update addresses and to have the student callers answer any questions that alumni may have. "This allows our alumni to keep connected with their alma mater," said Patterson.
"In addition to their financial support, our alumni also support McNeese by hiring our graduates, providing jobs to our students, attending university functions, speaking highly of their experiences at McNeese, which helps to recruit new students, and proudly supporting their alma mater," she added.
"For almost 75 years, McNeese State University has been known for its high quality education and commitment to excellence, and with help from our alumni, this will continue for many more," said Patterson.
For more information or to make a donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the alumni office at 337-475-5232.