Coffee with the President: President addresses scholarships, budget

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“In an effort to increase funding for student scholarships, Pacific revamped a campaign targeted at raising money for student scholarships,” President Lesley Hallick said at a forum on Feb. 25.

The forum, “Coffee with the President,” is part of a series of meetings developed by the school’s Student Senate.

The forum encourages students to engage with administrative staff by offering insight into campus betterment concerns, and free coffee.

Students gathered in the school’s university center to ask questions and discuss where their tuition dollars are going. During the question-answer session of the forum, Hallick shed some light on a campaign designed to increase funding for scholarships given to students.

“The campaign was about to start a few years back, but then the recession hit,” said Hallick. “We’ve recently restarted the campaign.”

The campaign set its sights on some notable targets: endowed scholarships, endowment and improving major facilities on the campus.

Vice President of University Advancement Cassie Warman took the stage to speak about the progress of the campaign.

“Right now, we’re in the quiet phase,” said Warman, who noted that other schools are further along in their fundraising efforts.  “You see schools like the University of Oregon, they’ve got billboards and signs all over the place, they’re in the loud phase. We’re gonna get there.”

Warman touched on money raising strategies like Pacific’s Phonathon program where students call alumni for donations.

“The primary goal is to raise money for student scholarships,” Warman concluded.

Hallick stated that the campaign is just one aspect of Pacific’s Imagine 2020 goal, the university’s overall plan to revitalize the campus and programs.

“Imagine 2020 is all about what you want to see here that you don’t see here now,” said Hallick. “It’s about removing the things we currently have that are wasting time. It’s about moving forward.”


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