Madison Area Donors Pledge $1.2 Million to Campaign
The Madison area phase of Dakota State University's capital campaign in underway, with the initial group of donors pledging $1.2 million. The campaign is segmented into six phases: Madison area, DSU faculty and staff, DSU Athletics, DSU alumni, corporations, and the Jeff Fox Information Technology Building. Each phase is led by a team of volunteers. The faculty and staff phase is near completion, with over $1.3 million in donations and pledges raised. The overall capital campaign goal is $37 million.
"We are just beginning to reach out to the Madison area, but so far the response has been very positive" says DSU Capital Campaign Director Tracy Pardy. Pardy will be joined by committee members and fundraising staff from the University Advancement Office in the summer-long effort.
The Madison area campaign is broken into sections that will target business, health care, education, banking, community, and agriculture. Each section is led by a team of volunteers who are out soliciting gifts. They hope to complete their efforts by the fall.
The capital campaign, the first in Dakota State's history, includes giving opportunities for both annual and endowed scholarships and infrastructure including the Jeff Fox Information Technology Building and an athletic practice facility.
Donors Darrel and Patti Simon recently made a capital campaign gift that will aid students in need of financial assistance to attend Dakota State. The gift will support DSU's Presidential Champion Scholarship program and establish a new endowment scholarship.
"We recognize the great economic impact DSU has on our community and the surrounding area. Madison needs DSU," stated Darrel. "We have made our living in Madison for thirty-eight years and we believe that we should give back to our community."
An economic impact study conducted by the National Center for Rural Health Works at Oklahoma State University found that in fiscal year 2009, Dakota State had a total economic impact of $52.5 million on the Madison community. According to Pardy, the study emphasizes the importance of DSU to the community and heightens the importance of the Madison area campaign to the overall success of the capital campaign. "We know that to keep DSU vital and viable, we have to keep growing and attracting talented students and faculty to campus. DSU competes with universities in this region and nationally for those people." Pardy says the scholarship money raised through the campaign will provide additional incentive for students to choose DSU, and the other enhancements provided through the campaign will attract and retain students and faculty to campus.
Pictured is part of the group of the initial donors to the campaign, whose pledges and donations to date total $1.2 million. (l-r) DSU 2.0 Capital Campaign Director Tracy Pardy, Scott Schlisner, Sara Schlisner, Darrel Simon, Patti Simon, Maury Poppen, Alice Poppen, Drew Skinner, Lee Stoddard, Carol Skinner, Beth Miller, Bob Ellsworth, Pat Prostrollo, DSU Vice President for University Advancement Judy Payne.