From the Board Chair
In my professional career, I have had the privilege of being involved with several organizations in a voluntary capacity. My experience with IIT and specifically the College of Psychology has been one of the most rewarding. It is a rare and special opportunity to see a group of committed board members and volunteers, formed just two years ago, establish committees, develop plans and move them to action to achieve positive results. Psychology faculty have been instrumental and most supportive in this process.
Please allow me to share with you some important milestones within the College of Psychology. Under the leadership of Dennis Armstrong, our campaign committee has continued to be successful. We are especially pleased to announce that we have surpassed $300,000 in funds raised to support the students, faculty and programs of the College. With the matching Pritzker/Galvin challenge, this totals $600,000. This is an incredible accomplishment (all of Lewis College, which included Psychology, raised $197,000 during an eight-year period from 1988 to 1996). To Dennis and his committee, including Gary Morris, Sandy Marcus and Linda Jeleniewski, we thank you and encourage you to keep up the good work. We are especially pleased to recognize College of Psychology contributors with a donor listing in this issue. We thank each of you for your generosity and support.
Alumni of psychology recently received a letter from the Director, M. Ellen Mitchell, outlining a special incentive for alumni contributing to the annual fund during this fiscal year. The Pritzker/Galvin challenge will triple or quadruple your tax-deductible gift as long as it is designated to scholarships and it is either a first time gift or an increase over your previous contribution. A $2 for $1 match will be provided for gifts from alumni who graduated prior to 1980; a $3 for $1 match will be provided for gifts from alumni who graduated in the 1980's and 1990's. These matching terms are guaranteed for annual gifts that are one-year contributions or multiple-year pledges of three or more years, up to $10,000. I urge you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Every increased or new gift will be doubled, tripled or quadrupled‹what an exciting time to send your contribution! We have included a return form in the newsletter for your convenience.
In our continuing efforts to reach out to psychology alumni and friends, an events, cultivation, recognition and campaign committee has been established and is quickly getting organized under the leadership and coordination of George Langlois, Steve Steinhaus and Bruce Bonecutter. There are now 27 volunteers representing different decades of alumni across all the programs. Their work will help us build a network with you so that we may keep in better contact and provide an opportunity for you to become involved in the future growth of the college. We also have implemented a series of informal breakfasts with M. Ellen Mitchell and Lewis Collens, president of the university, to share information about the College of Psychology and revitalized IIT. We especially thank board member, David Vitale, for hosting our November 10 breakfast at Bank One. We hope you will have a chance to attend one of these sessions. As always, we welcome and encourage your participation at all levels.
--Bryan R. Dunn, President & CEO, Kinship Corp. Chair, College of Psychology Board of Overseers