The alumnae/i, parents and friends who are contributing to Go Beyond: Campaign for Wheaton are making a difference for students today and for years to come. Through the campaign, supporters are providing resources for scholarships; creating funds for student-faculty research; and helping to improve campus facilities. The campaign now stands at more than $106 million, on its way toward the goal of $120 million by June 30, 2014. [Read more...]
Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ’72 has been involved with Wheaton since her graduation. Prior to becoming a trustee, she held volunteer positions for the college that included serving as a class fund agent, reunion gift chair, an alumnae/i board member and a member of the President’s Commission. “I understand what is happening on campus and also the challenges faced by the college,” she says. Her ongoing relationship with her alma mater coupled with her extensive fundraising experience and her strategic and financial skills—she was vice president of Citicorp in the 1980s—make her a valued member of the board. A member of the Campaign Steering Committee, she talks about the importance of alumnae/i engagement, the success of the campaign and the value of a Wheaton education.
“Our education has transformed our lives in countless ways,” says Georgene Botyos Herschbach ’61. She and her husband, Dudley, both earned Ph.D.s in chemistry from Harvard and both enjoyed long careers at the university—Georgene in administration and Dudley as a Nobel Prize–winning professor of chemistry.
“Without financial aid and the opportunity to earn money through student jobs, we could not have gone to college,” says Georgene.
As a “thank you” for the scholarship support they received as undergraduates and on the occasion of their 50th reunions last year, the Herschbachs set up scholarships at Wheaton and at Dudley’s alma mater, Stanford University.
The Drs. Georgene Botyos Herschbach ’61 and Dudley Herschbach Hon Sc.D. ’95 Endowed Scholarship helps several Wheaton students pursue their education each year.
The most memorable wins happen in overtime. Consider March Matchness, the Wheaton Fund’s initiative to increase annual giving participation among alumnae/i of the last two decades.
Inspired by the annual NCAA basketball tournament, the Wheaton Fund pitted graduates in odd-numbered class years against their peers in even-numbered classes, to see who could generate more gifts while working to reach a collective total of 1,000 donors in a month. If they reached that goal, Wheaton would receive a $200,000 challenge gift—$200 for every donor who gave.
At the March 31 “buzzer,” the score was close, but the total stood shy of the goal, at 800 donors. A one-week overtime period ensued, and the Wheaton Fund threw in an extra carrot, promising a drawing for a new iPad 3, if the goal was reached.