What's My Motivation?
A longtime theater professor shares his reasons for becoming actively involved in fund-raising for the College.
After 47 years of working in the theater and 37 years of teaching, I am within a few years of retiring. I would like to complete my career believing that my work as an
Before arriving here in1983, I was a faculty member at four other institutions of higher education, where I was fortunate to be granted funding to develop several of my ideas. At IC I quickly noticed that little financial support was available for professional development. I suggested to the steering committee of the
Over the years I sought support for ideas to improve teaching, enrich curriculum, enhance programming, and increase faculty benefits. Most of the ideas were met with the same response: “Great idea! Can we do it without new resources?” Although I understood the reason for this response—the College is a tuition-driven institution, without a large endowment—I was frustrated.
In 1999 our new president, Peggy R. Williams, invited faculty to participate in planning for the future of the College. I volunteered to serve on the Task Group on Resources and Development, focused on how to increase non–tuition dollars—primarily contributions from people and organizations. This work revealed to me how important faculty members could be in attracting such resources.
From 2000 to 2002 I chaired the Faculty Institutional Advancement Committee; its charge was to propose ways for faculty could help raise funds for program and facilities development. We determined that the most appropriate source for faculty members to cultivate was alumni because close, collaborative relationships between faculty and students are a distinguishing characteristic of
That year I also chaired the search committee for an executive director of development, and in fall 2003 I spent my sabbatical leave serving as faculty liaison to the Office of Institutional Advancement, working closely with alumni relations and development staff to, among other things, meet with alumni to talk about their Ithaca College education and how they might like to be involved with the College in the future. I continue to do this, and am cochairing, with Deb Mohlenhoff ’92, the Faculty/Staff Campaign Committee.
As a faculty member I have nurtured close relationships with
These are the key elements in keeping the
Theater arts professor Arno Selco is beginning his 24th year of teaching acting, directing, and musical theater performance as well as directing theatrical productions at