EFSC Foundation Newsletter August 2020

Volume 7 August 2020 Dear Titan Friends, W e hope you are well and safely weathering this bizarre time. As you know, our friend and Foundation Director, Jennie Kriete, decided to retire. In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, Dr. Richey has directed us to examine every aspect of college operations for areas where we might conserve resources and, for now, to not replace staff who leave unless their role is deemed absolutely essential to our core educational mission. This includes the EFSC Foundation. In this spirit, we’ve asked our two senior Foundation members, Tonya Cherry and Cindy Kane, to be Foundation co-leaders reporting to me. As you know, both are extremely capable. In the best of times, it’s difficult to project the future for charitable organizations. That said, and given this moment, we have reviewed every aspect of the Foundation operations to prepare our “best estimate” budget for the new fiscal year that began July 1. Since fundraising is a big part of our revenue base, and now the most uncertain, we’ve come up with an operating plan very similar to last year. While deciding not to host the fall golf outing for all the obvious reasons, plans are underway for our usual number of other exciting community events, notably the now iconic Backyard BBQ in February. Word around town is that the Viera Company is already working on a “three-peat” for the Golden Pig (don’t let on that we alerted you!). Most importantly, the plan calls once again for achieving Dr. Richey’s goal of annually awarding more scholarships than the year before - a string now of several record years in a row. Should these bizarre times cause our fundraising to fall short, the plan is to dip a bit more into our investment portfolio to ensure this goal continues to be met. As you no doubt know, the College campuses have been essentially closed for faceto-face instruction and operations since March. Nearly overnight, our teams safely moved nearly 15,000 students from classroom instruction to “online” virtual - a herculean task which somehow our faculty and staff were able to achieve. We have now entered phase 3 of a very detailed four-phased plan to “re-open,” and have cautiously welcomed back to campus a limited number of students for instruction that cannot be done online. We have registered thousands of others for a fall semester of largely virtual classes. We thank you for your continued heartfelt support and advice during these incredibly disruptive times. Know that Dr. Richey is in the wheelhouse steering, the crew is at attention here working for our students, and we’re all very optimistic. Throughout the newsletter, you will see some fun facts or trivia that will brighten your pandemic fatigue. Stay safe. Stay well. Stay in touch. Rich Richard K. Laird, Vice President, Operations Donor Wall Constructed in Student Union The Foundation is proud to announce the completion of the Donor Recognition Wall. The wall is located on the second floor of the Student Union, Building 16, on the Melbourne Campus. The wall honors donors who have given $25,000 or more to scholarships and other college initiatives. We love our donors and feel strongly that it is important to recognize and honor them. The Student Union and conference room facilities are used by many internal and external organizations and is the perfect place to celebrate our donors and their commitment to the college. The construction of the wall marks the culmination of many ideas and the outstanding work of Jennie Kriete, Paul Ishman, Synergy, SBS Precision Sheet Metal and installation by Dane Contracting. The EFSC Foundation places great importance on thanking donors in meaningful ways for their support. This wall provides acknowledgment that recognizes the remarkable generosity of our donors and conveys our warmest appreciation. If you are interested in being included on the donor wall, please contact the Foundation Office for more information! FN82013