Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sharing - Let's See What EDM310 Alumni Can Do!

Giving hands
Two years ago as this version of EDM310 was nearing completion, I was intrigued by the efforts of @wmchamberlain, @jarrodlamshed and @joemcclung to introduce sharing into their class curricula. Mr. Chamberlain devised a way for his class to contribute to Daraja Academy in Kenya. Mr. Lamshed created an event in which he and others sacrificed their hair for the Australian equivalent of the American Cancer Society. Mr. McClung and his class raised money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

I have wanted to add a component to EDM310 for Sharing. We will inaugurate it this semester for the first time. The University of South Alabama has an excellent program of giving for faculty and staff, but none for students. In fact, the William Chamberlain Fund which awards $500 each year to a student or students in EDM310 for outstanding commitment to and ability in using technology in teaching is a beneficiary of the faculty/staff campaign. I want to support that effort and also to create the possibility of extending the faculty/staff effort to students and parents in all parts of the University of South Alabama.

So.... here is what we are going to do.

I am asking all EDM310 Alumni to make a contribution to the William Chamberlain Fund. To contribute, just click on the link. This is purely voluntary, but we hope you will join us in supporting the fund.

In addition, a number of the EDM310 community (alumni, current students, staff and I) have watched three short videos of LSU students which resulted in a campaign for LSU that raised $750 million dollars. Yes, $750 million dollars.

So another way you can support our EDM 310 Sharing Effort is to participate with a team of 2 or 3 other EDM 310 students in creating a USA fund raising campaign video. The LSU examples will be posted on the Class Blog by Sunday night 3/6. A link will be added here. Videos will be due April 18 at noon.

Now here are the incentives:

We want to encourage participation in these efforts. So if 60 EDM310 students and alumni participate this year, I will match any cash donations. If at least 100 EDM310 students and alumni participate, I will double match any cash gifts to the William Chamberlain Fund up to a total of $2,000. In addition will match the total on top of that!

The videos created as a part of this effort will be judged a team appointed by the USA Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The members of the winning team will receive a special prize which we will announce soon.

What do we mean by "participate" as far as EDM310 Alumni are concerned?
Any person that gives at least $5 to the William Chamberlain Fund.
Any person that participates on a team that produces a video for the Office of Development will count as a participant.

The more participants we get, the more matching money there will be.
If there are 60 or more alumni and student participants, I will match the William Chamberlain EDM310 Fund donation so a $10 gift becomes $20. AND the University will match that so a $10 gift becomes $40!

If there are 100 or more alumni and student participants, I will double match the William Chamberlain EDM310 Fund donation so a $10 gift becomes $30. AND the University will match that so a $10 gift becomes $60! My total is limited to $2,000.

Contributions will be accepted until April 18 at noon. Videos will be due April 18 at noon.

Let's see what EDM310 Alumni and Students can do!

1 comment:

  1. John, You are amazing! Your love of education exceeds that of anyone I've ever seen! It is so great to work with you!