For Immediate Release
April 26, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has formally embarked on a key journey, as it launched the largest fundraising campaign in its 177-year history on April 26.
Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, joined Brockport Vice President for Advancement Roxanne Johnston and members of The Brockport Foundation in launching Pursue Something Greater, The Campaign for Brockport—a crucial $25 million fundraising effort that will propel the College into its future. The campaign, which has already raised more than $16 million during its initial leadership phase, kicked off during a ceremony in the Seymour College Union.
The campaign will support four key areas: student support (scholarships and funds that support key experiential learning opportunities such as internships, research opportunities, study abroad, etc), support for faculty, schools and programs (endowed positions, funds for faculty research, travel and equipment), campus and facilities enhancements (classroom technology, building furnishings, etc), and the Fund for Brockport (unrestricted dollars that can be used at the discretion of College leadership).
“This campaign is not about bricks and mortar, but rather about delivering ‘The Brockport Promise’ to our students,” Halstead said. “Buildings and playing fields are where this promise occurs, but it’s people that embody the spirit of our College. What really matters is the quality of education we provide our students—what you see transpiring on this campus each and every day.”
Two Brockport alumni, Glenn Goldberg ’80 and Joe Doody ’74, are co-chairing the campaign and both believe the campaign’s theme, Pursue Something Greater, is fitting.
“The College asks students to pursue something greater by working hard, staying open to new ideas and perspectives, and embracing new challenges and experiences,” Doody says. “The faculty at Brockport also pursue something greater by constantly improving teaching and learning; through research and scholarship, and by engaging students in new and innovative ways.”
Goldberg reminded those in attendance of the crucial need for private support of public higher education. Twenty years ago, more than two-thirds of Brockport’s operating budget came from New York State. Today, that support makes up less than one-third of the College’s budget.
“Private support is the only way that we can maintain the highest possible quality education and offer high impact opportunities for students,” he said.
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