Can these Moravian students out-pledge the Prez?

CALL OF THE DIALED: STUDENTS, PRESIDENT PREPARE FOR PHONE FACE-OFF

A battle royale is set to take place in the basement of Colonial Hall, as an all-star team of Moravian students takes on President Thomforde and a squad of hand-picked administration and faculty members. Their arena: a folding table decked out with telephones and note pads. Their sport: the fine art of raising support for Moravian College.

Sundays through Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters, a group of up to 18 Moravian students participates in the Moravian phonathon, calling alumni, parents, and friends of the College to solicit pledges for the Annual Fund. Aside from the fundraising aspect, the project helps graduates and others feel connected to the college, says Mark Bentz, associate director of annual giving. "Most people appreciate hearing from the students," he says. "The reasons we're successful with the phonathon is because the students are good ambassadors for the College."

On the evening of December 6, the skills of Moravian's young ambassadors will be put to the test, as the best of this semester's phonathoners are pitted against President Thomforde's faculty and staff team to see who can bring in the most pledges. The prize has yet to be determined, but will likely include a trophy as well as severe bragging rights. "It should be interesting to see how it plays out," says Bentz. While his students have the advantage of phonathon experience, who could turn down a request for support from the president himself? On the other hand, the president's team is still incomplete, with only six members to the students' nine.

Any faculty member or staffer who'd like to help even the odds should contact Julie Del Giorno.