Dozens of volunteers involved in NIC community campaign

The various backgrounds and experiences of each of the more than 200 volunteers for the North Idaho College Foundation's Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams community campaign is what NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson credits with the campaign's steady progress and overwhelming communitywide support. “These volunteers are putting in many hours of work and are deeply dedicated to the success of this campaign,” Anderson said. “Not because they have to be involved, but because they want to be.” The minimum of $2 million campaign, 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, is lead by Tri-Chairs Jim Coleman, Denny Hague and Dick Sams and Honorary Chair Marie Whitesel. The chairs oversee an 89-member campaign cabinet, which includes community members as well as the chairs of two committees and five major divisions who have been working for the past year to organize and direct campaign volunteers. The Finance Committee is led by Chair Rick Maxey, an accountant with Magnuson, McHugh and Company. The committee's charge is to oversee all campaign expenses and other financial matters pertaining to the campaign. The Communications Committee is led by Chair Steve Wheeler, the vice president of marketing for Great Floors, Inc. in Coeur d'Alene. The committee prepares and distributes all campaign materials and is responsible for communicating campaign news to the public. Harris-Dean Insurance Owner Ken Koep and Tom Torgerson, a real estate broker with Century 21 Beutler and Associates, oversee more than 435 volunteers in the Business Division, which is focused on corporate sponsorships. As businessmen themselves, the division chairs know how to reach out to their fellow business professionals and show them the benefits of the Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams campaign. “We live in a fabulous place,” Torgerson said. “And this project will help that many more people become educated and hopefully able to stay here and live the wonderful life that my family and I enjoy every single day.” Health Care Division Co-Chairs Claudia Miewald, a nursing instructor at NIC, and Dr. William Tarnasky, a private physician who practices at the Women's Clinic of North Idaho, are working with the region's health care providers to provide information about NIC's health and sciences programs and generate support for the campaign. Chief Deputy to the Kootenai County Treasurer Laurie Thomas, who also serves as the NIC Alumni Association president, chairs the Family Division. This committee is organizing NIC alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and students in support of the campaign. NIC Foundation Immediate Past President Sue Thilo, who also serves on the Idaho State Board of Education, chairs the Special Gifts Division, which is focused on major gifts to the campaign. Community Division Chairs Dr. Jack Fullwiler, a dentist with a private practice in Coeur d'Alene, and Dexter Yates, owner of Yates Funeral Homes and longtime NIC Foundation board member, will organize volunteers to provide outreach to raise awareness and support for the campaign across Idaho's five northern counties. “I have always been a strong advocate for the community college system and the unique educational opportunity it provides,” Yates said. “North Idaho College is the shining star in this regard as it continues to exemplify through its programs, staff and students. We need to ensure that these opportunities will continue to exist for our North Idaho students of all ages for years to come. Our students deserve this and we have the responsibility to provide it.”

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: Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004

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