Louis Tanguay (BComm '75), president and CEO, Bell Canada International,
and Marianna Simeone (BA '86), executive director, the Italian Chamber
of Commerce in Canada, hosted the first Major Gifts Division canvasser
briefing meeting on February 12. Major Gifts are those that fall within
the $100,000 and $499,999 range. The meeting, held at the Bell Canada offices,
was attended by a dozen enthusiastic volunteers, who received their assignments
and solicitation materials.
On February 17, 19 volunteers in the Special Gifts Division (gifts between
$25,000 and $99,999) gathered at the Canderel offices for a preliminary
orientation session. The Special Gifts Division will begin solicitations
in early April. This session, hosted by Jonathan Wener (S BComm '71), Canderelās
chair of the board and CEO, was an opportunity for guests to rediscover
Concordia and identify prospects. A similar session, hosted by Roy Firth
(BComm '75), president and CEO of Page and Elliot, was held on February
26 at the Laurentian Bank; it attracted a dozen canvassers. A third session
is scheduled for March 12 at the University Club.
Campaign update sessions
Information and participation are the two areas that will receive particular
attention as the Capital Campaign's Faculty and Staff Appeal heads into
its second year. Beginning next week, Campaign volunteers and staff members
will host a series of open sessions to answer any questions and to highlight
the Campaign effort to date.
There are approximately 500 men and women who are either new to the University
or recently returned from leave for whom the information sessions will
be particularly enlightening. Also included in that number are faculty
and staff members whose areas were missed, for a variety of reasons, when
the last set of information sessions was held.
Campaign update letters will be sent to individuals who didn't respond
to last year's appeal, and those who asked the Campaign Office to contact
them at a later date. Dates and times for faculty/staff information sessions:
Thursday, March 12, 10 - 11:30 a.m., SGW, GM-403-02 Monday, March 16, 10:30
a.m. - 12 p.m., SGW, DeSeve Cinema Tuesday, March 17, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Loyola
Campus, AD -131 Thursday, March 19, 2:30 - 4 p.m., SGW, GM- 407-1
Student information sessions
Last month, the Campaign Office invited the student population to learn
more about how the Campaign was progressing and how their contributions
were being applied. Information sessions were scheduled for each campus,
and while attendance was low, it reflected student satisfaction with the
Campaign. One area that has certainly received praise from student leaders
is the Campaign's fee-exemption policy for students in financial need.
This term, only 100 students applied, of whom 80 were exempted.