A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT HERZBERGER… Thank you, Poets!
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
student scholarships if 250 gifts were made on that single day, quickly expanded to 375,
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
HELP US WITH OUR LATEST
demonstration of Poet Pride and generosity—
CHALLENGE—12,500 “HITS” FOR
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
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 www.youtube.com/ 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
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