QU Fund Sets Campaign Goal

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Quincy University kicked off the 2013-2014 QU Fund campaign, Building for the Future, with a luncheon in the Hall of Fame Room today and announced a $1 million goal for the fund.

In 2012-2013, QU successfully reached its goal of $1 million for the third straight year. “We are pleased that we have been able achieve our $1 million dollar goal for the third year in a row. To see alumni and friends continue to support Quincy University Fund efforts is truly exciting, especially during a time when so many specialized restricted giving projects within the university are underway,” said Matt Bergman, Quincy University director of development and alumni services.

These projects include the Connie Niemann Center for Music, Jack Mackenzie Field, the Franciscan Retreat Center, and the preservation efforts of the Quincy University Chapel among others. Funds raised for these types of projects are separate from the QU Fund and thus not attributed to the $1 million goal.

The QU Fund provides an opportunity to support University Endowment, ensuring long-term growth and financial stability for the University. The Fund also supports immediate needs including operational costs, scholarships, technology upgrades, and faculty development.     

“The success of this year’s QU Fund is dependent on the investments of our alumni, friends and business community.  All gifts play an integral role in continuing the university’s fine tradition of liberal arts education rooted in Franciscan values while Building for the Future,” said Julie Bell, Vice president for university advancement.

During the reception Bell announced Hon. Mark Schuering ’75 and Kate (Orlet ’76) Schuering as the 2013-2014 chairs for the QU Fund. Mark recently retired after serving 24 years as 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge for the State of Illinois.  He has been an adjunct professor at QU for several years and is beginning his first term on the University’s Board of Trustees.  Schuering is a dedicated community volunteer and both she and Mark are generous financial supporters of the University.  The Orlet and Schuering families have deep QU roots as more than 20 of their family members are QU alumni.  

“Kate and I are deeply committed to Quincy University.  We are honored to be asked and eager to serve as chairs of the QU Annual Fund drive.  There are so many good things happening at Quincy University, but simply stated these are changeable times.  It is imperative we double our efforts. QU Alums and those in the Quincy Community who have given in the past need to be thanked once more and asked to continue their generosity,” said Mark Schuering.  “Equally important is the need to reach out to those QU Alums who have not given before or not given recently.  There is no gift too small; the $25, $50 and $100 gifts add up.  A contribution in any amount importantly increases QU Alum’s percentage of giving.”

Local volunteers for the 2013-2014 QU Fund include:
QU Board of Trustees: Dennis Boudreau ’76 , Micheal McClain,  Jim Mentesti ’66,  Delmer Mitchell,  Joe Tracy, and Mark Schuering ’75.
Alumni: Jim Citro ’73,  Ryan Goestenkors ’02,  Jan (Dickson ’77) Koester,  Steve Koester ’75,  Mike Mahair ’73,  Paul Meyer ’43,  Shirley Murphy ’87,  Allison (Oakley ’09) Hall,  Kevin Reller ’90, Kate (Orlet ’76) Schuering  and Maggie (Schuering ’03) Strong.
Community Leaders: Tony Crane,  Jennifer Gervasi,  Charles Lugo,  Bill McCleery,  Chris Niemann, Steve Siebers,  and Jeff Spear.

For more information on the 2013-2014 QU Fund, please contact the Office for University Advancement at (217) 228-5227 or visit www.quincy.edu/advancement.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. The university has 15 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women.