Volunteers Fan Out to Deliver New CSU Day Signs


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University celebrates its 18th annual CSU Day this Thursday, April 26, and once again dozens of volunteers will help recognize businesses and individuals who have support the university.


This year’s effort will feature new yard signs that display the university’s logo more prominently against a predominantly red background. What hasn’t changed is the sign’s wording, “We are Partners with Columbus State University,” signifying that those receiving and displaying the signs are donors to CSU’s 2012 Annual Fund.

“CSU Day is a day to celebrate the charitable spirit of so many here in Columbus,” said Kelley Gibson, Columbus State’s Annual Fund director. “When this community is asked to invest in Columbus State, individuals, corporations and small businesses say, ‘Yes!’ It is so rewarding and exciting to see CSU Day signs blanket the Columbus community. It is a strong visual of our community's commitment to higher education and the future of our students.”

This year’s Annual Fund goal is to collect $2.13 million in donations by July 31. To date, the campaign has raised more than $1.6 million. That represents a 15 percent growth in giving over last year.

The dollars help fund student scholarships, faculty development, international education, community outreach and more.

“When I was asked to serve as the Annual Fund chair for CSU, I quickly agreed,” said Russ Carreker, this year’s volunteer Annual Fund chair. “Everyone likes to be around a winner, and CSU is full of winners. You simply cannot make the progress that has been made on that campus without having a staff and faculty full of people that know how to get things done well. You sense it every time you step onto the campus. Things are getting done, not only in great quantity, but also in a very quality way.”

Prospective community volunteers can join faculty, staff and student volunteers delivering yard signs by selecting routes and gathering signs for delivery from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at CSU’s Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center for Continuing Education. A light lunch will be available to volunteers starting about noon at the Turner Center.

For more information, visit http://www.ColumbusState.edu/giving/annual_fund.php or contact Kelley Gibson at 706-507-8434 or gibson_kelley@ColumbusState.edu.

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