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United Way campus campaign set to kick off

September 25, 2014

When the Emporia State University campus kicks off its 2014 campaign for United Way of the Flint Hills on Oct. 4, it will have an ambitious goal for both the amount of dollars raised and the percentage of faculty and staff who participate.

Dr. Nathan Woolard, 2014 campus drive chair, is confident that Hornet Nation will step up to support the local United Way and its community partners.

“I can’t think of anyone I’ve met on campus during the past year who has not been involved with or impacted by a United Way community partner,” said Woolard, who came to Emporia State in August 2013 as director of leadership studies. This past summer, he moved to the School of Business where he is an assistant professor of business administration and director of strategic initiatives.

“During my time in leadership studies, I got to know (United Way director) Jami Reever as my students completed services projects with local community partners,” said Woolard.

Before coming to Emporia State, Woolard served as associate director of admissions and recruitment at the University of Central Oklahoma. While there, he served as campus coordinator for the United Way campaign, which raised $139,000 locally with a little over 50 percent participation from administrators, faculty and staff.

Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president, asked Woolard to lead the campus campaign, recognizing his previous service on United Way boards and passion for giving back to the local community.

“Nathan LIVES UNITED,” Shonrock said. “He has a heart for servant leadership and knows the impact United Way and its partners have for the Flint Hills and common good.”

The Emporia State campus campaign kicks off during the football and volleyball games on Saturday, Oct. 4 — the day after United Way of the Flint Hills kicks off its community campaign. The Hornet Nation campaign runs through October, concluding on Oct. 31 with the Outrageous Olympics, a wacky team competition — one event is paper airplane flights — in which bribing the officials is accepted.

“We are still working out all the details,” Woolard said, “but we want everyone to know that costumes are welcome!”

The campus campaign team also is planning weekly prizes for those who donate, Woolard said. The earlier people turn in their pledge forms, the more prizes for which they are eligible.

Knowing that education is a key component of a successful campaign, Woolard has reached out to Jami Reever, director of United Way of the Flint Hills, to visit departmental and office meetings to share how efforts at Emporia State can impact the organization.

Reever is excited about the campus campaign.

“Emporia State University has always been a strong supporter of United Way,” she said. “That Dr. Shonrock and Nathan are taking a strong campaign and making it stronger and better shows a great commitment to our community.

“It sends a powerful message,” Reever added, “that it takes all of us to do great things.”

Anyone interested in serving as a Champion on the campus campaign or wanting Reever to visit their department or campus group can contact Woolard at nwoolard@emporia.edu or 620-341-6358.

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