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Thank you again for your support and

It was truly remarkable to see the spirit of the

enthusiasm. I am humbled by what you have

Poet family in action throughout December

accomplished for our College, and I look

5, 2012, for the “12/5 Trustee Challenge.”

forward to our continued success together.

This challenge, which promised $25K to

Go Poets!

student scholarships if 250 gifts were made on that single day, quickly expanded to 375,

Warm regards,

and then to 750, as alumni, parents, and

Sharon D. Herzberger

friends rallied in support of the College. I am contributed to Whittier in a record-breaking


demonstration of Poet Pride and generosity—


and with additional challenges issued by our


trustees during the afternoon and evening

The world-premiere of mascot John E.

hours, we were able to make an impressive

Poet in his “Gangnam, Poets-Style” parody

finish to this campaign even in the final

video was another highlight of the 12/5

minutes before midnight. What a celebration

Challenge. With more than 7,000 views on

of our beloved College’s 125th anniversary!

YouTube to date, we hope this bit of fun

I also want to thank our Board of

continues to stimulate interest in Whittier

Trustees who, under the leadership of

College, as well as good thoughts and

Chairman Don Herrema ‘74, generously

fond memories.

supported the 12/5 Challenge. And, the

“In particular,” notes President

Board was inspired by your strong response,

Herzberger, “I appreciate the many

as evidenced by their increased giving

notes of support I have received for my

throughout the day!

participation. But personally, I think

Increasing participation in giving is

Campus Safety certainly stole the show. If

critically important to the College. Many

you haven’t seen the video, please be sure

grant-making foundations evaluate our

to check it out!”

ability to engage our alumni, parents, and

An anonymous donor has offered an

friends before even considering their own

additional $25,000 for student scholarship

support. Well, the 12/5 Challenge has given

support if we can reach 12,500 views by

us something truly exceptional to highlight

June 30, 2013. Please continue to demon-

the commitment of the Poet family.

strate your Poet Pride by sharing the video

Additionally, I hope that many of you who made your first-ever gift, or first gift in


The Magazine of Whittier College Editor

Dana A. S. Rakoczy managing Editor

Ana Lilia Barraza ASSISTANT Editor

Melanie J. Ramos Communications Interns

Samantha Quintanar ‘13 Amber Orozco ‘13 Art Direction

excited to report that more than 1,000 donors

Watch the “Gangnam Poets-Style” video at WhittierCollege!


with your friends and family!

Lime Twig Poet to Poet

Ann Gronewold Contributors

Steven Burns James Constancio ‘10 Colleen Daly ‘12 Lance Franey ‘09 Tony Leon Geoff Shepard ‘66 Dave Stelmach ‘94 Alex Tenorio ‘74 The Quaker Campus President

Sharon D. Herzberger Vice President for Advancement

Elizabeth Power Robison

The Rock, Fall 2012 Volume 82, Number 2 Copyright© 2012 Whittier College The Rock is published by Whittier College Our mailing address is:

a long time, will choose to become Faithful

The Rock

Friends by renewing your gift annually. The

Office of Communications

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with more than 10, 25, and even 50 years of continuous giving.

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