October 10, 2012 12:00AM
Cynthia Allan, chairperson of the Department of Communication, kicked off the Pittsburg State University 2012 Faculty and Staff Campaign Tuesday with a personal story that illustrated the importance of private gifts to higher education. Allan, along with Trish Peak, a public service administrator in the Provost’s Office; and George Graham, professor emeritus, are co-chairpersons of this year’s campaign.
Allan recalled that at the age of 12, she landed her first babysitting job. When she returned home with her earnings, her mother reminded her to put some aside to pay for college.
“I always knew I was going to college. That’s when I realized I was going to have to pay for it,” Allan laughed.
Allan said she was fortunate that she was able to earn her undergraduate degree primarily on scholarships and it is with that in mind that she gives each year to PSU.
“I could not have gone to college without the accessibility of scholarships. For me, giving back to the next generation of students is not only my obligation, it is my privilege,” Allan said.
Last year, PSU faculty and staff donated more than $290,000 to the university. It is a statistic that PSU President Steve Scott said is meaningful when he speaks with other potential donors.
The president praised university faculty and staff who faithfully give back to the university in support of students.
“We could not do what we do without the support of all of you,” he said.
Contributions to the faculty and staff campaign provide funding for programs, departments and scholarships. The campaign will continue throughout the fiscal year.
For more about the campaign, contact Josh Shay, director of annual giving, at 620-235-6127, firstname.lastname@example.org.