DATE:  September 9, 2005
CONTACT: Robin Ellis, Development Officer for Annual Fund, (361) 825-3165; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Island Callers to begin 2005 Annual Fund Drive Phonathon

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will kick off its Annual Fund Drive on Monday, Sept. 12 when the “Island Caller” student ambassadors begin a seven-month “Phonathon” to update alumni, parents of students, and friends of the University to about events on campus and ask for their continued support.

These “Island Callers” and their “Phonathon” play an integral role in building on-going relationships with supporters of the University. Phonathon dollars, along with alumni, parent and corporate matching gifts make many of the programs in the University’s five colleges possible.

“While we’re hoping to exceed last year’s record, we realize the challenges we’ll face as many of our contributors support the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina,” said Robin Ellis, development officer for the Annual Fund Drive However, we’re confident that the Momentum 2015 vision of our new president will inspire our greatest giving year ever.”

While alumni donations go directly to the college from which they graduated, funds raised from parents provide money to help individual students with special projects such as presentation of research and providing transportation to debate team competitions. The financial support received during the Annual Fund Drive takes on increased importance due to cuts in state funding and helps bridge the gap between acceptable and superior programs in the University’s five colleges.

However, for the Island Callers, the Phonathon is more than just a job. As ambassadors for the University, the Callers gain marketable customer service and fundraising skills, establish networking contacts with alumni, and strengthen their resumes for summer jobs and post-graduate employment.