Meeting goals is not enough for the Honors Council Fundraising Committee this year. Anthony Noll, the chair of the committee, is initiating change to raise more money than ever for the Honors program and its students.
The Fundraising Committee is responsible for sending students to Honors conferences with the money it raises. This year, the Kugelman Honors Program is hosting the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Orlando, Fla. The original estimate of Honors students who will attend was 30 students, but Noll sees that as neither the limit nor the goal. He simply wants to send as many students as possible.
“We want most of our students here to get that experience of going to a conference. Whether you’re a freshman or sophomore, it doesn’t matter,” Noll said.
Fundraising events for this year have begun. On August 30, roughly 15 students gathered at Dr. Brooks’ office on Nine Mile Road to hold an Honors carwash. Last year’s carwash ran six hours and raised $150. This year, Honors students raised $281 in three hours. “That was an effort from the students…I can’t thank all of them enough,” Noll said. Honors students then raised nearly $100 at the Honors Rummage Sale on September 12.
On October 3, the Fundraising committee will hold a Twister tournament in the UWF Conference Center auditorium. This event welcomes all UWF students. “At the end of last year, I made the point, this will have to be not just the effort of the incoming class or the kids that are still involved, this is going to have to be a program wide effort from the director all the way down to freshmen class,” Noll said.
Noll’s overall vision for the committee is to meet the goals of the program and then “blow them out of the water.” He plans to do this through holding quality events for both the volunteers and attendees. The goal is to attract as many people as possible to these events, which Noll identifies as a determining factor in the success of the event. The Fundraising Committee is spreading the message via word of mouth, social media and awareness events like tabling in the Commons.
Noll’s other strategy is to target specific groups of people with different fundraising events. The Honors program is currently selling $16 Krispy Kreme coupon cards worth $45 in savings. This is targeted to commuters with access to off-campus resources. These events will also serve the purpose of getting the Kugelman Honors Program name out to the rest of UWF and the community.
As for the upcoming year, Noll said, “This is going to be a fun year. Please come on out! Your support and attendance is much appreciated.”
Noll’s office hours are 9 a.m.-12 p.m. every Monday in the Council office in Pace Hall, and he can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Abigail Megginson, freshman