10/01/10 Ancilla College students, faculty, and staff came together for a campus-wide cookout on Tuesday as the Donaldson-based College kicked off its annual United Way pledge drive.

The pledge drive, which is scheduled to last through October 15, will include two weeks of on-campus events in efforts to raise funds for the United Way of Marshall County.

“We want to raise awareness about United Way and what United Way does for the community and the agencies involved with them,” said Dianna Cooper, Athletic Secretary and one of the event coordinators. “It’s about getting involved in the community and demonstrating compassion for others. It fits perfectly with our mission here at Ancilla College.”

Jennifer Maddox, the Executive Director of United Way of Marshall County, was in attendance for the event.

Also present were representatives of numerous member agencies of United Way of Marshall County – Boys and Girls Club of Marshall County, 4 C’s, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and Heminger House.

Over the next week-and-a-half, the College will offer numerous events on campus to help raise awareness and money for United Way, including a cornhole tournament, a three-legged race, a potato sack race, and an “Ancilla’s Got Talent” event.

There will be a “Stump Dr. B!” booth, which allows students to test Ancilla College professor Dr. Tom Buchanan with general trivia.

It was also announced that if Ancilla College can reach 100 percent participation from all full time faculty and staff in donating towards United Way by Thursday, October 7, Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May has agreed to kiss a cow.

Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Photo: Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May (left) looks on as Coordinator of Tutoring Sam Soliman (middle) and Registrar Sharon Blubaugh (right) unveil the “Give a Cow Vow”, a meter of participation amongst Ancilla full time faculty and staff. May has promised to kiss a cow if all full time faculty and staff members donate towards United Way during the College’s annual pledge drive.