Posting Date: May 10, 2010
Kennesaw State University arts students lead by charitable example
Annual fundraising campaign nearly doubles its goal despite rough economy
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Art students (from left) Asia Matos, Micah Entrekin, Kuukua Wilson, Lionel Castillo Lara and Stephanie Hernandez attended a picnic sponsored by Bullfrogz to honor student donors.
Photo by Melinda McPherson
KENNESAW, Ga.—For the second year in a row, the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University set out to raise $10,000 by asking supporters—including faculty, staff, students and alumni—to contribute just $10. This year, the college blew past that goal by raising more than $19,000 over the six months of the annual campaign.
“We are so grateful to our many supporters, including the faculty, staff and students, who contributed again this year,” says Joseph Meeks, dean of the college. “Even though so many of our supporters have been faced with economic challenges in the last year, they have continued to show their unwavering belief in the College of the Arts.”
Money raised by the campaign will be used for scholarships and student-learning initiatives that are not funded by the state budget. Contributions were as large as $5,000 and as small as 25 cents. The majority of the donors were currently enrolled KSU students.
“When you see a student pull out her wallet and empty it into a donation box, you know that student feels strongly about the arts at Kennesaw State,” Meeks says. “It would be very easy to for a student to say, ‘I can’t give because I’m too poor’ or ‘I already pay tuition.’ Instead, a quarter of our arts students chose to offer what they could to support their school.”
Meeks hopes that others will benefit from the students’ example.
“You hear about cuts in the arts and education every day on the news,” Meeks says. “I am inspired by these students who seem to understand that if everyone helps, we can get through these challenging times together. As future artists and teachers, these students will be contributing so much to make our communities stronger and more vibrant. I hope their willingness to give the last quarter out of their pockets will inspire others to support the arts and education, too.”
The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State offers nationally accredited degree programs in art, art education, dance, music, music education, and theatre and performance studies, and presents more than 150 public arts events each year. For more information about the college, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call 770-499-3214.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.