Cottey College announced Tuesday that their Defining Moment Campaign has passed the $26 million mark with a total of $26,166,851. A Defining Moment is the college's $35 million, five-year comprehensive campaign that launched in September 2009. It is the first comprehensive campaign in the college's history.
Cottey College President Dr. Judy Rogers acknowledged that the campaign's success must be credited to an incredible network of volunteers and supporters. "We at Cottey are deeply grateful to the many, many P.E.O.s, alumnae and friends whose generosity is making this campaign successful," said Rogers. "We are confident we will meet our campaign goal and that Cottey will continue to enable women to achieve their brightest future."
"It was a fantastic holiday season for Cottey College," said Carla Bryant Farmer, campaign manager and senior major gifts officer. "Our supporters were extremely generous at year end and allowed us to ring in the New Year with record giving. The surge we received over the last month has been inspiring. I have no doubt Cottey will reach its $35 million goal by this time next year."
As the campaign enters its final phase, plans are underway for outreach events across the United States in Albuquerque, N.M., Austin, Texas, Oklahoma City, Okla., Omaha, Neb., North and South Dakota, Little Rock, Ark., Boston, Mass. and Philadelphia, Pa. Since the launch of the campaign, 65 events have been hosted reaching thousands of individuals.
Through a Defining Moment Campaign, Cottey plans to increase enrollment with the addition of new baccalaureate programs and increased financial aid. Cottey introduced its first baccalaureate programs in 2011 and currently offers four degree programs in English, environmental studies, international relations and business psychology, with others being developed.
A Defining Moment Campaign has five priorities, scholarship endowment, library enhancements, faculty chairs, a new fine arts instructional facility and unrestricted giving. For more information on the campaign, visit the campaign Web site at campaign.cottey.edu or contact Carla Bryant Farmer at (417) 448-1418.