Faculty and Staff Find Their Marbles

“Would you like to vote?”

At the annual GW Holiday Party for Faculty and Staff on December 18, members of the Division of Development and Alumni Relations “campaigned” for Making History: The Campaign for GW.

“Boy, what a sound! Marbles, marbles, marbles! That beautiful sound of clinking marbles!”

They were asking for votes – rather, marbles in fish bowls. Three anonymous staff donors had pledged a total of $1,000 to the Campaign priority that faculty and staff deemed most worthy, and every clink meant a vote for one of the three Campaign pillars.

By the end of the party, the Support Students bowl was the fullest.

“This was a great way for us to engage GW faculty and staff and connect their work to the vision of the Campaign,” said one of the donors. “By asking others to choose a Campaign priority, we were hoping to build community and encourage our peers to think about how they can get involved in Making History.”

When asked why they voted the way they did, faculty and staff had this to say:


On supporting students:

Results of voting during the 2014 GW Holiday Party for Faculty and Staff.

Results of voting during the 2014 GW Holiday Party for Faculty and Staff.

“I think what makes a good university great is the students.”

“Students need our support. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”

“Can I put a million marbles in this one?”

On enhancing academics:

“I think faculty support is important because they’re educating the future.”

On breaking new ground:

“In order to make the best future for our children, we’re going to need the best facilities.”


During this season of giving, remember the GW students and faculty who are making history every day. Make a gift today to help support students, enhance academics, and break new ground at GW. 

Author: Craig Burdick

Craig Burdick is a writer on GW's development communications team. If you have a story idea, let him know at cburdick@gwu.edu.

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