Holiday greeting tradition continues

1:50:10 PM CDT - Thursday, November 02, 2006

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

For as long as he can remember, Marty Perline and his wife, Donna, have been wishing their WSU colleagues a happy holiday season through a longstanding university tradition: by contributing to the Holiday Card Scholarship Fund.

"It's an excellent way to give money for scholarships to help students," said Marty Perline, about the effort that allows faculty and staff to send greetings to one another by having their names published in a December issue of Inside WSU if they donate to the scholarship fund.

"And it's an efficient way to send greetings to everyone on campus," added the longtime economics professor.

The Holiday Card Scholarship Fund drive, run by the WSU Foundation, is currently under way.
Decades ago, Nicholas Pronko, a psychology professor, started the effort of sharing greetings and helping students at the same time. Pronko, now deceased, thought that faculty and staff could donate the money they would normally spend on cards and postage to help fund a scholarship for deserving students.

The names appear in one mass holiday greeting, published in Inside WSU, which is distributed to all WSU employees, retirees and other constituent groups.

To be included in the greeting that will be published in the Dec. 7 issue of Inside WSU, donations must be sent to the Foundation, box 2, no later than Tuesday, Nov. 21. For gifts received after Nov. 21, donor names will be printed in the first January issue of Inside WSU.

"It's for a good cause so why not participate," Perline suggested. "People can give whatever they want."

For more information, contact Krista Voth, director of the Annual Fund, 978-3819 or krista.voth@wichita.edu.

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