Published: Friday, 07 Apr 2017
Author: Galena Marie Rhew Ostipow
Department: Center for Gender in Global Context
The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) Director's Challenge Campaign has ended, and I could not be more pleased with the results. Our original goal was to raise $2,500 but within less than two weeks it was clear we were going to sail over that bar. With about a week remaining in the campaign, we raised the target to $3,750. Still, we surpassed that goal, raising a total of $3,955 (just over 150% of our original target) from 64 different donors.
We will be awarding three $1,000 scholarships for students enrolled in our summer study abroad programs, with the remaining $955 saved for future scholarships. I cannot wait to hear from the recipients about their experiences in Amsterdam and London this summer! I hope to have them share their stories when they return, and we will publish them on our website.
I want to give thanks to some key people who assisted with the campaign. Daniel Spadafore in ISP International Advancement was my guru on this journey, and helped a great deal with getting the word out among the right people. Jack Nowakowski in University Advancement provided guidance and technical expertise with the Crowdpower site for the campaign. My Co-Director Amy Jamison was a marvelous cheerleader and talked up the campaign among her networks. And most of all, I want to thank all the contributors who made this campaign such a success. I felt so much joy with each new gift we received, knowing how many people supported our students. The GenCen has great friends far and wide, and I am proud to be a part of this Spartan family.
Onward and upward,
Stephanie J. Nawyn
GenCen Co-Director for Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement