For the second consecutive year, Oswego State's Telefund has exceeded expectations and set a record.
Student callers brought in more than $330,000 in gifts from nearly 5,500 alumni and other donors during 2007-08. The total came to $17,000 more than last year's record-setting $313,000 total.
"The students genuinely enjoy talking with alumni and you can hear it in their voices," Associate Annual Fund Director Jamie Stack Leszczynski '04 said. "The Telefund room is such a positive place because of the energy that our amazing callers bring to work each day."
For the first time, student callers who reached certain goals were awarded prizes that helped promote the positive atmosphere all year long, Leszczynski said. The bar will be set even higher next year, the first with call center upgrades that will make the process more efficient.
"Students will be able to reach more alumni each night. They'll have more information available to them as well," incoming Telefund Manager Andrea Marsh Acome '04 said.
With the addition of computers with Internet access, the callers will also be able to process credit cards over the phone or answer donor questions by e-mail in real time, she said.
The Telefund accounts for about 30 percent of Oswego's Annual Fund, which supports a number of programs on campus, including technology advancements, building renovations, library resources, Presidential Scholars, added faculty support and scholarships.
-- Shane M. Liebler
A shift of 2007-08 student Telefund callers pose on the front steps of Sheldon Hall.
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