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Long-time Campus Campaign donors urge other employees to give

on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 08:00

Two supporters of the WVU Foundation's Campus Campaign say it's important for University workers to give to the annual fund drive which runs through the end of the month.

John Hendricks and Joe Fisher have both witnessed first-hand the benefits of private giving during their years of employment at WVU.

Hendricks has taught music for the past 15 years, and is currently in his third year as director of bands.He also has two degrees from the University.

"Because I've been around awhile, I understand how certain parts of the University need more financial assistance than others," Hendricks said. "I'm not able to contribute a lot, but I know every little bit helps."

The Mountaineer Marching Band holds a special place in Hendricks heart, and he says private giving has enhanced the experience for members of The Pride.

Through the Foundation's Band Aid and Pride Travel Fund campaigns, money was generated to buy new band uniforms and pay for additional travel to away football games.

"It's amazing how much it costs to organize and implement many of the aspects of the band, especially in the areas of travel and equipment. I know many faculty and staff have supported us. Without them, we wouldn't be doing nearly as much," Hendricks said.

Fisher, associate vice president of facilities and services, has been working at WVU since 1999, and has been supporting the Campus Campaign for most of that time.

"I signed up at the first opportunity," Fisher said. "I believe it's important to give back to the University that not only supports me and my family, but fulfills a great mission for society."

As an employee, Fisher says he has a unique perspective on the needs of WVU.

"People on the outside see degrees being awarded each year, so they assume all of the classrooms and lab equipment are modern and up-to-date," Fisher said. "That's not the case.Public dollars only go so far. To do all that needs to be done, we must rely on private support, including donations from the people who see these needs every day – University employees."

Both Fisher and Hendricks encourage WVU employees to support areas of interest by giving to the Campus Campaign.

All faculty and staff received campaign materials and information on how to give last month.

Donors making gifts before June 1 will have their name entered for a chance to win tickets to one of the six home football games this fall.