“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.
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:
“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?”
“I think faculty support is important because they’re educating the future.”
“In order to make the best future for our children, we’re going to need the best facilities.”