Rocky Mount, N.C.— North Carolina Wesleyan College will launch the 31st Days for Wesleyan annual fund raising activity on September 18 at a special kick-off breakfast for volunteers. Following the meal and a brief program, a team of volunteers will begin a 2-week long canvassing of the community to seek financial support for the college.
Days for Wesleyan (DFW) volunteers will contact local businesses seeking contributions and/or pledges to generate funds which will benefit students directly through scholarships, academic programming, and campus improvements. The canvassing effort concludes on Wednesday, October 3 with the final results to be announced on Saturday, October 6 during the Wesleyan Weekend Homecoming football game half-time program.
Local retired businessman Danny Talbott has agreed to serve as the chairman of the effort this year. He said, “I am honored to have been asked to chair the 2012 Days for Wesleyan. I will have an excellent opportunity to work more closely with the people at Wesleyan and also, the citizens of Rocky Mount and surrounding communities. This opportunity will help me become a better promoter of Wesleyan.”
Talbott has been a strong supporter of the college for many years and delivered an inspiring keynote speech at a previous Wesleyan Athletics Gala. He is a graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2007, he retired from Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, where he worked for 33 years as a sales representative.
NC Wesleyan College is a 4-year liberal arts college that serves traditional college students on the Rocky Mount campus and a rapidly growing adult professional studies program (Aspire) located on the home campus and 4 satellite locations across the region. The Aspire program is designed to meet the needs of working adults, who want to pursue a college degree or enhance their career skills. College officials note that while the combined 1,500 member student body is diverse in many ways, a large majority of NCWC students are from Eastern North Carolina.
Talbott is encouraging the community to join him in supporting NC Wesleyan during DFW and beyond. He said, “A better educated workforce is essential to regional economic development efforts and NC Wesleyan is helping us reach that goal.”
Success of the DFW fund raising effort will allow the college to maintain and potentially expand the availability of scholarships and financial aid that allow more students to attend college. In addition, DFW funds will allow students, faculty and staff to attend conferences and other extended learning opportunities. Some of the funds may be used to support technology upgrades, as well as campus operations, renovations, and improvements.
Talbott said, “The Rocky Mount area has always been a big supporter of Wesleyan and I look forward to this year’s DFW being bigger and better than ever. Working together, we will benefit the college, our community, and many deserving students.”
Businesses and individuals are invited to participate in Days for Wesleyan (September 18 – October 3) by welcoming the volunteers and considering a generous contribution. For more information, contact DFW organizer Eddie Coats in the NC Wesleyan College Office of Advancement at 252-985-5108 or visit the college website www.ncwc.edu/give.