More than 600 local businesses and individuals have contributed to the campaign since its October kickoff. Funding benefits Linfield students and the community primarily in five areas: scholarship support for Yamhill County students, Linfield athletics, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Nicholson Library and the planned new music building.
"We appreciate the tremendous volunteer support and community involvement which are key to the success of the Partners-in-Progress campaign," said Linfield President Vivian A. Bull, who has played a key role in the drive since joining Linfield in 1992. "As state and federal funding for education continues to decline, this support represents the significant value community members place on higher education."
The award-winning campaign has earned regional recognition as a model for college-community relationships, according to campaign chair, Mark Wickman of Corrigan Wickman Advisory. Wickman, a 1978 Linfield graduate and PIP volunteer for the past eight years, recognizes the value of a strong partnership between Linfield and the community.
"Since its inception, Linfield has been a part of McMinnville," he said. "The availability of the library, the campus, cultural and athletic events, as well as classes and summer concerts in the Oak Grove, all enhance living in McMinnville. Families, community groups and businesses benefit from Linfield."
As campaign chair, Wickman expressed an appreciation to all committee members, callers and contributors who have participated over the years.
"Year after year, steering committee members, callers and contributors have combined to demonstrate the community?s support of Linfield College," he said. "This tradition has helped to bond the college and the community."
This year, 65 volunteers took part in the drive. Joining Wickman on the PIP steering committee are Kathleen Bernards, class of 1976 and a McMinnville CPA; Chris Browne of Chris Browne Insurance; Carole Burcham, retired businesswoman; Dave Haugeberg of Haugeberg, Rueter, Gowell, Fredricks & Higgins PC; Jayne Hurl, retired businesswoman; Robert Lunt, class of 1952 and a retired businessman; Linda Schwichtenberg of West Coast Bank; Dale Tomlinson, a retired Linfield administrator; Lee Vasquez, a law enforcement consultant; and Harold Washington of Washington Roofing Co.
Staff members assisting the steering committee are Andrew McNall, director of annual giving; Linfield President Vivian A. Bull; and Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2282.