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Fruits of Tech’s Vision and Tradition campaign are far-reaching

February 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

From student scholarships to faculty support and facilities enhancement Texas Tech leaders and students are excited about what has come of The Campaign for Texas Tech.

Ryan Williams, a sophomore finance major from Arlington, said he has enjoyed watching the campaign as it has progressed.

“I think it’s really fantastic because it’s obviously had really positive effects on campus,” he said.

According to the Vision and Tradition campaign website, several facilities have been added to campus as a result of the funds raised. Talkington Hall, the new residence hall, is one of those facilities built.

Talkington Residence Hall

Talkington Residence Hall

Erin Evans, president of the Residence Halls Association, said the amenities offered for the residents of Talkington Hall attract students to live there.

“Overall, this building has been really helpful for Texas Tech,” he said.

Kelly Overley, the vice chancellor for institutional advancement, said she is grateful to the donors for their contributions, which provide scholarship money for students to go to school.

“We have donors who want to make an investment, and we have opportunities, and the key is to link the investment and opportunities together,“ she said.

Overley said she feels excited about the progress of the campaign and is grateful to donors, alumni and friends for their investment.

“I think Texas Tech has a great product and certainly our alumni and donors and friends want to get behind that and invest in it,” she said.

Research efforts were also supported through the fundraising efforts of the Vision and Tradition Campaign.

Lawrence Schovanec, interim president, said the campaign helped Tech receive matching funds from the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP).

“There was a natural synergy between the Tier One pursuit and the campaign, Schovanec said.” “Our ability to meet the benchmarks that enabled us to receive proceeds from the National Research University was enhanced by the research dollars provided by TRIP and the campaign.”

He said the proceeds they have received from National Research University Fund (NRUF) are used to enhance research.

Schovanec said some of the gifts from the campaign went directly for research, but also enabled them to leverage TRIP matches and meet the NRUF criteria.

The new Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration building

The new Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration building

Lance Nail, dean of  the Rawls College of Business, said the Vision and Tradition campaign helped the college provide exceptional learning environments through new collaborative spaces and technology.

“The business community has consistently stated that collaborative skills and teamwork are essential for career starters and certainly for career progression, “ he said. “While faculty will always be the most important component in the quality of education that our students receive, the technology and design of our new building only enhances the capabilities of our faculty.”

According to the campaign website, Chancellor Kent Hance shares the vision of Paul Horn, the first president of Texas Technological College.

“Everything that is done on these West Texas plains ought to be on a big scale,” Horn said.

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