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Students fund critical programs by advocating for success

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The SBCC  Foundation is inviting everyone to unite in the Sports Pavilion for the 2014 “Show Us Your Love” Campaign for Student Success Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, April 4.

The free Kick-Off festivities will feature food provided by the Culinary Department and will follow an Old Spanish Days theme turning the Pavilion into Vaquero Square, complete with festive décor and a faux fountain.

“The most important initiative that we have all year is the Campaign for Student Success,” said Vanessa Patterson, director of the Foundation. “There’s absolutely no way the campaign is successful without the support of our students.”

The Foundation is hoping to raise over $2 million in eight weeks from donors in the community to help fund City College’s critical programs; all with the help of student volunteers.

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The Foundation was created to help meet the growing demand of financial aid for students. The money from the campaign goes straight to students in many different forms including book grants, scholarships and tutoring.

The foundation is asking students and clubs to volunteer at their Call Nights to speak with donors to try and meet their fundraising goal. If a club volunteers and fills a Luria Press Box with nine students and volunteers at the Kick-Off party, they will earn up to $300 in funds for their club. Five hundred dollars if they can fill two press boxes and volunteer at the Kick-Off event.

The Call Nights begin Tuesday, April 8, and ends May 14. Students and volunteers can sign up at

The Associated Student Senate joined in the festivities last year and helped to volunteer.

“Seeing that big of a get-together is quite an experience,” said Nicholas Steil, vice president of external affairs. “It’s not only good to volunteer but you also learn something in exchange.”

Last year the Campaign for Student Success raised $1.15 million from its donors in six weeks from the community, all of which helped improve student programs. This year it needs to double the volunteer base to meet the goal.

The Campaign has been asking donors, faculty, and students to submit a video participating in a chant orchestrated by City College’s cheerleaders and to submit them via [email protected].

English as a Second Language, the Astronomy Club and SurfMedia Communications are some of the campus participants that have sent videos to the Foundation.

All student video submissions will compete against each other for a first place prize of $1000, $500 for second place and $250 for third. All prize money goes towards a student program or club on campus. Faculty videos will also be competing and the two winners will go head-to-head for the grand prize to be announced at the Kick-Off party.

The compilation video will be completely edited, filmed, and compiled by students and will be the highlight of the event.

“We want as many people to come,” Patterson said. “I would be thrilled if we had to turn away people because the capacity had been met.”


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