Elon celebrates successful Faculty/Staff Campaign
This year saw 76 percent of Elon University employees make gifts to the institution in support of student scholarships, athletics programs and more.
Elon faculty and staff gathered Thursday to celebrate a successful fundraising campaign that generated nearly $420,000, with more than three out of every four employees making an investment in the university.
The campaign had 1,087 faculty and staff donors with a participation rate of 76 percent as it generated $419,346.61 as of Thursday for scholarships, the Elon Experiences, academic departments and schools, and athletics, among other priorities. Participation has risen steadily, with 66 percent of faculty and staff contributing five years ago.
Campaign co-chair Kelly McKinney, assistant controller for reporting and investments, said she views her work to support the campaign as an integral part of her work at Elon. "It is part of my legacy is part of the tapestry that is becoming my career," McKinney said.
Patrick Bell, lecturer in management and campaign co-chair, said one of the most enjoyable parts of his role working with campaign is going around campus to hand out the "1889 Society" pins that contributors receive for participating. "It's really so special to see the impact you're having by supporting our students," Bell said.
Faculty and staff who have not yet participated can contribute to the annual giving campaign by visiting www.elon.edu/makeagift. Gifts made through May 31 will be counted toward this year’s participation total.
Below are the faculty and staff departments that topped 90 percent participation among their employees as well as the campaign captain, if the department had one:
Academic Advising – Becky Olive-Taylor
Accounting – Kelly McKinney
Admissions – Audra Spears and Ginny Oberle
Bursar – Susan Harris
Business, Finance, and Technology – Andrea Priede
Career Services, Corporate and Employer Relations – René Jackson
Center for Leadership and Moseley Center – Melody Harter
Dean of Students – Samantha Murray
Financial Planning – Nancy Ward
Graduate Admissions – Jennifer Medlin
Human Resources – Jamie Canada
NC Campus Compact – Rene Summers
New Student Transitions and Student Involvement – Felicia Massey and Matt Olmsted
Carpentry, Key Shop, Paint Shop, and Moving and Set-up – Laddie Griffin and C.C. Cowan
Electrical, Plumbing, and HVCAR – Mark Terrell
Physical Plant Administration – Robert Buchholz
Automotive Services – Keith Dimont
Planning, Design & Construction Management – Holly Hodge
President’s Office – Robin Plummer
Purchasing – Linda Wegwart
Registrar – Melissa Holmes
Residence Life – Amy Vaughn
School of Health Sciences Administration – Becky Neiduski
Service Learning, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and LGBTQIA – Nicole Bergen
Student Conduct – Chris Jamison and Anita Bryant
Sustainability – Kelly McKinney
Truitt Center for Religious Life – Jan Register
University Advancement – Tricia Teter and Scott Leighty
Accounting — Susan Anderson
Chemistry – Karl Sienerth
Economics — Steve Bednar
Education – Marna Winter, Jeff Carpenter, and Jennifer Strange
Physician Assistant Studies – Becky Neiduski
Physical Therapy Studies – Mary Kay Hannah
Sociology and Anthropology – Alexis Franzese
Sport Management – Shaina Dabbs