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Volume 3, Issue 7

Putting the Spotlight on Philanthropy

Students, faculty and staff at an Ohio community college plan to celebrate Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day by raising money to provide emergency assistance to students who might otherwise have to drop out for financial reasons.

On Feb. 27, 2014, CASE ASAP and educational institutions around the world will spotlight the impact of their student advancement programs as part of Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, is among the community college participants.

The Hocking College Foundation is hosting a "Smile-a-Thon." Students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to donate to the student emergency fund. In return, donors will receive a happy face thank you note on which they can acknowledge someone on campus who has helped them succeed at the college. The notes will be placed on the walls of the student center and eventually delivered to the person who was thanked.

The college raised $650 in a similar event last year. Its goal for this year is $750.

"The faculty and staff love the notes," says Libby Villavicencio, executive director of the foundation. "We heard from lots of folks that it was a really positive event, and some people still have their thank you notes displayed in their offices."

To participate in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, fill out this form indicating how your institution will celebrate. Community colleges that are not CASE members can also participate. Send questions regarding Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day or CASE ASAP to Robyn Neeley at

This article is from the January 2014 issue of the Community College Advancement News.

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