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PJC kicks off 2014 annual fund campaign

Published or Revised May 28, 2014

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Honorary chair for the 2014 Paris Junior College Annual Fund Campaign is Dottie Thielman. She has been involved with PJC in many roles since she was a student from 1936 to 1938.

The 2014 Annual Fund Campaign for Paris Junior College Annual has officially launched, and the honorary chair will be very familiar to many PJC alumni: Dottie Thielman.

“I’m honored to serve as the Honorary Chair of this year’s Annual Fund,” Mrs. Thielman said. “I believe in the mission and vision of the College and have seen first-hand the difference PJC can make and has made in the lives of so many students.”

As a student, Mrs. Thielman first stepped onto the downtown PJC “Concrete Campus” as a freshman in 1936 and graduated in 1938. She returned to the College in 1941 and served as instructor, librarian, and dean over the next 41 years until her retirement in 1982. She continues supporting the College by serving as a member of the PJC Alumni & Friends Association board of directors.

This year’s Annual Fund goal is $150,000 targeting three areas: 1) the College’s greatest needs (unrestricted/undesignated); 2) Master Plan to enhance construction at Paris, Greenville or Sulphur Springs; or 3) toward a scholarship through the PJC Memorial Foundation. PJC has many needs not met through state and tax-based funding.

“Through the generous support of so many alumni, former students, faculty and staff, area businesses and friends of the College, our initial campaign in 2013 was a tremendous success,” said PJC President, Dr. Pam Anglin. Gifts to the 2013 campaign total just over $218,000.

The 2014 campaign officially continues through July 1, though gifts are accepted throughout the year. According to Derald Bulls, Director, Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs at PJC, the Annual Fund mailer will be sent out in the next few days. The information and donation form may also be downloaded from by selecting the Alumni and Visitors button.

“This campaign marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of the College in 1924,” said Bulls. “During the initial campaign in 2013, many gifts were received with notes mentioning an instructor, administrator or classmate who had an impact on the life of the donor.  Several gifts enabled the College to create new scholarship endowments, celebrating those life-long influences.

“The phrase ‘Tradition of Giving’ was used in the 2013 campaign to set the tone of the campaign,” Bulls said. “This year we continue this tradition and are reaching for new heights. Gifts to PJC will be used efficiently to address immediate and long-term needs at our campuses. We are grateful for each donation. It has been a wonderful experience to meet with current and prospective donors who care so much about PJC. Your support in this year’s drive will be most appreciated.”

For more information about the Annual Fund, contact Bulls at (903) 782-0276 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). All gifts and pledges are tax-deductible.

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