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Delta State Alumni-Foundation to kick off spring Phon-a-thon

By May 23, 2006General

Student callers Amy-Claire Smith of Sardis, Heather Houston of Clarksdale, and Madelyn Ayers also of Clarksdale, prepare to assist the Delta State University Alumni-Foundation in its spring phon-a-thon, which begins Sunday, March 26. The pledge drive will last through Thursday, April 13, with over 20 other student callers aiding in the effort.

The Delta State University Alumni-Foundation will begin its spring phon-a-thon, Sunday, March 26. The pledge drive will last through Thursday, April 13, with over 20 student callers assisting in the effort.

First initiated in March 2003, the phon-a-thon works to encourage gifts to the Delta State Fund, the Foundation’s annual giving program. The Fund was created to provide unrestricted dollars to Delta State.

Unrestricted private support is essential to the advancement of the University and its academic programs.  An unrestricted gift to the Delta State Fund is used for Faculty Development, marketing the University to prospective students, and awarding scholarships to deserving and needy students.  Annual fund gifts also support current operations and are critical in meeting the day-to-day needs of the University. 

“We have had great support in the past from our alumni and friends. Our goal is to improve the overall participation rate by 15 percent, as well as increase the dollar amount pledged.  I invite all alumni and friends to be as generous as possible when they receive a call from a Delta State student.  All gifts, regardless of size, provide the University with valuable resources.  We are both thankful and grateful for the support provided by our alumni and friends,” said Missy Pearce, Director of Annual Giving.

“We think it is important that our alumni and friends know where their donation is going – to students – and we think they are a worthwhile investment,” she continued.

For more information on The Delta State University Fund or how you can become involved, please contact the Delta State University Alumni-Foundation Office at (662) 846-4711 or e-mail Pearce at