Erie Square Gazette

Pollock LynchsSC4 president putting down the guitar after one last fundraiser

The SC4 Foundation and Lynch’s Irish Tavern is hosting “The sounds of SC4 President Dr. Kevin A Pollock” Thurs. , Feb. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There will be no entry charge, though donations are encouraged.

After two successful performances, the college president is playing one last show, this time to raise money for SC4’s athletics.
According to Pollock, he was hesitant to agree to do the performances.
“I thought some people would say it’s not becoming of SC4’s president to be sitting at a bar playing music,” said Pollock. “Somebody asked me if I would do it and I said okay, one time. Now it’s three times, and that’s enough.”
SC4’s Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations David Goetze has worked collecting donations at Pollock’s previous performances.
“Dr. Pollock has been wonderful, I don’t know of any other college president that raises money like he does,” said Goetze. “He’ll do whatever it takes to make things happen for our students.”
SC4 student Sarah Donaldson appreciates the personal time he takes to raise money for SC4 and the students.
“I think that he’s setting a really good example for the students and faculty,” said Donaldson. “I’d love to go if I didn’t have a prior commitment.”
Pollock’s first performance in Feb. 2013 raised $5,270 for the Nasr Natural Science Museum, now located in the Clara E. Mackenzie building on SC4’s Port Huron campus. The second performance in Oct. 2013 raised $3,278 for SC4’s Friends of the Arts.
“Between the other two we’ve raised about $8,500,” said Pollock. “If we raised $1,500 at this next one, that’s $10,000. For a fundraiser that doesn’t cost us anything, you have to consider that a success.”
A raffle for four tickets to a Detroit Tigers baseball game for Saturday, May 10 will be held during the performance.
SC4 women’s basketball players Nece Garrison and Aja Williams think the proceeds will greatly help.
According to Garrison, some team members are playing without the assistance of a scholarship.
Williams is hoping for updated equipment.
“Our team is ranked pretty high, but we don’t have a lot of gear to show that we’re from SC4,” said Williams.
Pollock thinks this may draw out a different crowd than past performances; community members who love sports.
“We have people that want to make donations to our student athletes; this gives them a chance to come out to one spot to show their support,” said Pollock.
Reservations are encouraged and can be made at Lynch’s Irish Tavern.

***** This article originally published Jan. 29, 2014 in issue 64.1 of the Erie Square Gazette. *****

Campaigning for student education

SC4 community raises $2.2 million for college and student

The SC4 community dug deep and did not hold back for the All Aboard campaign.
SC4’s “All Aboard: Campaign for Talent, Technology, and Tomorrow” launched on Nov. 1, 2011 with an overall goal of $1 million aiming to raise money for five capital projects. One of these projects was a $100,000 goal for student scholarships.
The SC4 faculty, community members, and alumni did more than meet the $100,000 goal. Just over $1,487,000 was raised for SC4 students.
The campaign ended Dec. 2013 with just over $2.2 million donated, according to David Goetze, SC4’s Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations.
“The campaign has far exceeded our expectations,” said Goetze. “Our community is very generous.”
Donations of thousands of dollars, amounts as much as $500,000, $100,000, and $75,000, came in to support the school and the students.
SC4 alumni Joseph Merika and his wife donated $25,000 and established the Joseph and Betty Merika Friends of the Arts Scholarship.
“I believe in SC4, the interests that they have, and their students. I don’t think there’s anything you can do for a young person that’s better than an education,” said Merika. “I feel like I owe something back to the college. It goes beyond their education; the faculty and staff at SC4, they truly want to see them succeed.”
Their scholarship helps incoming freshmen or sophomores taking 12 or more credit hours that have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Preference for this scholarship will go to students studying the visual and performing arts.
“It’s wonderful for people like me who need a little bit of help beginning their education,” said freshman McKahla Breck. “Scholarships make it possible for people in all stages of their life and careers whether you’re beginning or returning.”
Visible signs of campaign’s success can be seen around the campus. The completed McMorran Greenway and Street Closure project ensures that students can now cross between the north and main buildings safely. The Campus Innovation Center and the Nasr Science Museum are also results of the campaign.
“I think it’s really great that SC4 takes notice of technology advancements and continually tries to incorporate it into our experiences with our classes around campus,” said Breck.
The last project, the historic restoration of room 312 of the main building, is projected to begin work this upcoming summer, according to Goetze.
To see details about the projects and a list of donors visit sc4.edu/donate.

***** This article originally published Jan. 29, 2014 in issue 64.1 of the Erie Square Gazette. *****

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