I recently celebrated a significant birthday. My cake was covered in a blaze of candles, but I managed to blow them out in a single breath without aid from the local fire department.
I plan to keep the party going for the rest of the year – and why not? Birthdays and anniversaries are special occasions, some more festive than others, but each one noteworthy. This year, your MUW Foundation will celebrate its golden anniversary. Fifty years of service to our alma mater, and we plan to do it up right. With Homecoming set for March 27-30, the Foundation's 50th celebration will be at noon March 29. Call your classmates, register for this wonderful weekend and plan to join the Foundation as we toast half a century of support to our university and her students.
During the years we've been in existence, Foundation assets have grown to an amazing $46 million. Your continued financial support made this possible. In the last 10 years, the Foundation has provided more than $10 million in scholarships to Mississippi University for Women students. Donations for FY2013 topped $2 million. If you haven't made a contribution to the MUW Foundation lately, I hope you'll choose this year to generously support your alma mater. Take a look at the donor listing in your last copy of Visions. These names represent all the individuals, foundations and companies who helped turn the desire for a college education into reality for so many of our students. Make a gift before June 30, and your name will be listed in the pages of our next Visions.
The Foundation Board meets three times a year, and we last met in early February. During the meeting, the Office of Development showed us a video made during the annual Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon held each fall. Several scholarship recipients shared their stories of how The W's financial aid enabled them to pursue their career goals through a college education. Each one drove home a clear message: without this support, they would never be able to finish college. Your contributions, no matter how large or small, make a considerable difference in the lives of these students. If you'd like more information about supporting a particular scholarship, please call the Development Office.
Celebrations are important. Today, I celebrate the Long Blue Line and her generous giving to Mississippi University for Women's Foundation. As chairman of the board, I urge you to join us. Not just the celebration of years that mark our existence, but a salute to every dream we've made come true. Together, we've accomplished great things. Thank you. And welcome to the party!
Ruth Pettey Jones Class of 1976 Chairman MUW Foundation Board
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