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Phonathon breaks million dollar mark
For the first time, Miami University's Phonathon fund-raising program has secured more than $1 million in pledges. Specifically, the program this year has received 11,514 pledges totaling $1,026,184.
The record total comes from the efforts of about 50 student employees who make calls approximately 35 weeks of the year to alumni and parents of current students.
This year's success is due in part to expanding the scholarship program, an increased focus on reunion classes and the addition to the phonathon schedule of one group that usually receives only a mailing, says Kevin Marks, director of the annual fund, who supervised the phonathon until September.
Susan Bascone-Dalrymple, assistant director in the alumni-parent office, is now phonathon supervisor.
Last year $916,000 was raised in the phonathon, with $908,000 in 1997, $860,000 in 1996 and $794,000 in pledges in 1995.
"It's wonderful to see the support for Miami this year, from alumni and parents, as they help with scholarships, library and lab materials and programs not covered by tuition, fees or state assistance," said Marks. "I'm also very proud of our student callers, for securing gifts for the university and for building and strengthening relationships with Miami supporters."