National Alumni Association Announces Lifetime Membership Drive
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Bethune-Cookman University National Alumni Association has announced a drive to gain FULL MEMBERS into the fold, beginning October 1.
Spearheaded by Edgar Scott and Rufus L. Wilson, two former football players and graduates of Bethune-Cookman, the group is seeking to gain membership from numerous members across the globe to raise money to support the school’s endeavors for buildings, renovations and future projects. Proceeds will benefit projects such as new on-campus student housing, as well as Phase II of the already constructed Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center, in addition to future endeavors deemed necessary by President Edison O. Jackson.
The estimated goal for the 2013-14 year is $500,000.
“There’s always been a lifetime member club in the National Alumni Association,” said Rufus L. Wilson, Trustee Representative for the B-CU National Alumni Association. “This time, we’re targeting the community, student body, President Jackson and his cabinet, as well as university trustees. We want everybody to buy into what we’re doing, and show support for a school that we all love and cherish, not just graduates of the institution.”
According to Chairman Wilson, several people have jumped on board already and pledged donations of more than $40,000. President Jackson has taken it a step further and challenged the NAA to bring in 50 new members by Homecoming (Oct. 26). Lifetime members who have joined since July 1, are slated to be recognized on the field during the pregame festivities at the Homecoming football game against South Carolina State on Oct. 26.
One of the committee members for Trustee Wilson is Bethune-Cookman graduate (1978-81) and former 18-year NFL veteran Roger Jackson. He spent several years as both a player and on the management level within professional football.
“I see this continuing to grow and we’re building a foundation,” expressed Trustee Wilson. “As it grows, we will continue to maintain a lot of stuff on our own. We want people to see that we’re investing in ourselves. Once they see that and begin investing alongside of us, we will have raised enough money to build and/or renovate numerous things on campus and beyond.”
Edgar Scott also agrees that giving back is the whole reason behind setting up this drive.
“The NAA Life Membership is a beautiful thing to have, especially for alumni that have given,” said Edgar Scott. “It’s just a heart wrenching feeling, almost like a good Samaritan, to be a life member because you’re doing something that would benefit our future – and that’s the students at Bethune-Cookman University. Hopefully, that will make a difference in their lives and those that will follow behind them. Being a lifetime member, you’re a pioneer in your giving and hopefully will lead to other giving and benefit those that are coming behind us.”
You can also complete an online application available by visiting http://www.bcuathletics.com/fls/23910/pdf/B-CU_Alumni_Life_Member_Application.pdf
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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers more than 40 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.