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Board hears Campaign update, discusses fundraising strategy

With the current phase of the Capital Campaign coming to an end, Bob Sweeney, University vice president for development, discussed the next move at this weekend's Board of Visitors meeting.

"It was our expectation that at this phase of the Campaign, we would be planning a close-out strategy," Sweeney said. "The exact opposite is taking place."

The total Campaign funds came to $1.210 billion, well ahead of the $1 billion goal.

But Sweeney said the Campaign will not continue indefinitely, noting that one limiting factor is that the University spends 13 cents on the dollar in its fundraising efforts.

Active Alumni

Young Alumni Council President Mary Anne Dolbeare discussed the importance of donations to the University from recent graduates.

Dolbeare said half of all living University alumni graduated after 1983 and are an important key to success in financial campaigns such as the Capital Campaign.

She said many younger alumni are not interested in attending fundraising parties or football games, so the Young Alumni Council "reaches in and taps these people" who are not as active in order to garner more support.

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    "What's most important is developing a habit" of giving, Board member Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. said. Rainey is the former president of the Alumni Association.

    Dolbeare said as of last year, 15,000 alumni were registered on HoosOnline, an online service that keeps alumni in touch with each other.

    Student Affairs

    In a report to the Board, William W. Harmon, vice president for student affairs, said 95 percent of entering first years attended the honor system presentation at this summer's orientation sessions, a figure well beyond expectations.

    He noted that other programs, such as the Dell Desktop Computing Initiative, which provides computers for financially disadvantaged students, also have proven successful.

    "This is one of the most successful programs I've been involved in since my time at the University," Harmon said.

    He said the administration is in the process of evaluating whether or not first years should be able to keep cars on Grounds during their second semester. He added that he needs to gather more information before making an educated decision on the matter.

    University Rector John P. Ackerly III said he feels University administrators, rather than the Board, should make a decision about the automobiles.