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(Neb)-Chadron State Foundation Kicks Off Fall Fund Drive  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/10/2018 08:31 AM
CHADRON - The Chadron State Foundation kicked off its annual Fall Fund Drive Tuesday with the theme "Unlimited Possibilities." Foundation CEO Ben Watson says the money raised generates support for scholarships as well as improvements to college facilities, departments, and programs.

     Development officer Jake Rissler, who graduated from CSC in May 2015 and joined the Foundation  the following summer, coordinates the annual campaign.

      He says it once again has 124 volunteers divided into 10 teams from the campus and 10 from the community in a friendly competition to see who could bring in the most from businesses and individuals throughout Chadron and Northwest Nebraska.


There are 2 co-chairs for both the campus and community teams who serve overlapping 2-year terms. Serving their second years are Jason Carnahan for the community and Collette Fernandez for the campus while beginning their first years are Kristina Reeves and John Ritzen.

     Much of this year's campaign were developed by a group of Chadron State students, the members of Dr Shaunda French-Collins senior-level Communication Campaigns class - many of whom have benefited directly from past campaigns.

    Rissler says he and Watson wish they could take credit for the students getting involved, but says the class and French-Collins came to them with the idea of creating the theme, logo, and much of the campaign infrastructure.
      Rissler says the theme 'Unlimited Possibilities,' points to the countless ways money given during the Fall Fund Drive is used to benefit students at CSC.

    Although the active phase of the campaign lasts 3 weeks, Rissler says donations and pledge fulfillments come in throughout the academic year.


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