SPSU wrapped up its first-ever corporate-community-campus fund raising campaign on PolyDay, Oct. 8, with a reception attended by the university’s community partners in addition to trustees, alumni and faculty and staff members.
Shan Cooper, vice president and Marietta site general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company – the top employer of SPSU graduates – delivered a ringing endorsement of SPSU during the celebration at the Globe, noting that when Lockheed hires an SPSU graduate, “We know that we’re getting the best of the best, the best and the brightest.”
President Lisa A. Rossbacher said total giving to the campaign amounted to $146,510 as of Oct. 8, including $59,910 contributed by SPSU faculty and staff and $86,600 from alumni, civic and professional organizations and businesses in the Cobb community.
The faculty and staff annual fund recorded its highest gift total ever under the leadership of Prof. Scott Larisch of electrical and computer engineering technology (faculty chair) and Kenneth Shelton of facilities (staff chair). The participation rate was 52 percent, and there was 100 percent participation by Strategic Marketing & Sustainability Initiatives, the Office of the President, University Information Technology Services, the Career and Counseling Center, Advancement, Auxiliary Services and SPSU Police.
“We look forward to making PolyDay an annual event and to celebrating continued private support for higher education – a vital piece in the overall funding of Southern Polytechnic,” said Dr. Rossbacher.
The Advancement Office is still accepting contributions to the annual fund, but they can no longer be made through payroll deductions this year.