UMSI campaign to support scholarship and research

The School of Information is launching the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in its history as part of the university’s Victors for Michigan campaign, which begins its public phase on Friday, November 8.

The theme of the UMSI campaign is “Inspiration, Innovation, Impact.” “We hope that all members of the UMSI community–alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and friends--will participate in the effort to raise funds for scholarships, research, and programs,” said Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason.

Campaign goals include raising sufficient funds for scholarships to assist students interested in pursuing studies at UMSI, faculty support, entrepreneurial activities and projects that put faculty and students into the community on information-oriented service projects.

The overall goal of the multi-year UMSI campaign is $20 million and individuals have opportunities to provide support through cash, pledges, bequests, and other philanthropic gifts.

“Participation in this campaign is an opportunity for people to be a part of the UMSI vision and to help a at time when state support is declining for higher education. Their gifts allow UMSI to continue on a path of excellence,“ said Rebecca Pagels, UMSI Director of Development.

“Our goal is for this to be an all-inclusive campaign,” MacKie-Mason said. “For the past 90 years, alumni and donors have helped to shape the school and played a significant role in our success. Everyone involved in the school today has a role to play in ensuring the next 90 years will be even better, enabling us to use information with technology to inspire, innovate, and impact the world around us.”

For more information, including inspiring stories of recent UMSI students and donors, visit the campaign website: umsi.info/impact.

Posted on FRIDAY, November 8, 2013