NIC community campaign leadership directs fund/friend-raising efforts

The North Idaho College Foundation knew that the people it chose to direct the Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams community campaign would be the first and most integral step to ensuring the success of the campaign. Not only because their hard work would reap results, but because their enthusiasm for the college and the campaign is what would motivate the scores of other community volunteers dedicated to executing a successful fundraising effort, according to NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “Our campaign chairs are true community leaders, committed in the deepest sense to the success of this campaign and its profound impact on North Idaho College,” Anderson said. “They really are providing opportunities and fulfilling dreams.” The campaign is lead by Tri-Chairs Jim Coleman, Denny Hague and Dick Sams and Honorary Chair Marie Whitesel who have been working for several years to help plan and direct the campaign. Leaders set a goal of a minimum of $2 million, which includes $1 million to equip NIC's new Health and Sciences Building with state-of-the-art technology and an additional $1 million for new endowed scholarships. Honorary Chair Marie Whitesel is a longtime supporter of the college and the NIC nursing program. She currently serves as scholarship chair for the Kootenai-Benewah Medical Alliance, which comprises nearly 100 members who are spouses of physicians in Kootenai and Benewah counties. The organization hosts a charity auction every fall and uses the proceeds to annually award five scholarships to NIC nursing students. Campaign Tri-Chair Jim Coleman has worked for J-U-B Engineers, Inc. since 1976. In 1990 he was elected president of J-U-B and two years later, he assumed the role of chief executive officer of the company. Since that time, J-U-B has grown from 70 employees to more than 250. With Coleman's support, J-U-B Engineers contributed $75,000 to the campaign. “This is not a project of just brick and mortar; this is not even about building a new facility or equipping the building with state-of-the-art technology,” Coleman said. “This is about North Idaho College and what NIC means to the community. Providing opportunities and making a difference in the community and the lives of the many people who use the services of this great institution. It is about doing what is necessary to make our lives better and helping others achieve their goals.” Campaign Tri-Chair Denny Hague is a retired U.S. Air Force General and a former principal for Harris-Dean Insurance Company. He is active on several City of Coeur d'Alene planning committees as well as the board of the local Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Hague was reelected to the NIC Board of Trustees in 2002 to serve until 2006. Campaign Tri-Chair Dick Sams began his career in banking with First Security Bank in 1976 and worked through its merger with Wells Fargo Bank in 2001. He was worked throughout the state and has spent the past eight years at the Coeur d'Alene branch of Wells Fargo Bank as the North Idaho community banking president. Sams has served as an NIC Foundation board member since 1996 and currently serves as the board's president. “I became involved with the NIC Foundation because I believe that North Idaho College is one of our region's most important assets and I wanted to help in any way I could,” Sams said. “Our campaign slogan is so appropriate… ‘Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams' is what the college does every day. The quality of life and economic vitality of our region is constantly improved by the success the college has in helping students realize their dreams.”

For More Information
NIC Assistant to the President for Community Relations Kent Propst, (208) 769-3404, or NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Friday, Aug. 6, 2004

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