As the school year ends, we celebrate not only our faculty and staff through appreciation luncheons and end-of-the-school-year picnics, but we also celebrate their philanthropy. Columbia College faculty and staff contributed a transformational gift of $1.236 million (so far) to the college throughout the Tradition Meets Tomorrow Campaign.
On May 1, Barry Langford, assistant professor of criminal justice and founding director of the college’s Mock Trial team, announced an $111,000 gift to support the Mock Trial Award and scholarships for criminal justice and forensic science students. Langford’s gift accounts for nearly 10 percent of the transformational gift from faculty and staff, and he is the first faculty member to give a leadership gift to the college. The event coincided with Dr. Scott Dalrymple’s first day as president, and he joked that Langford was setting a tough precedent for Dalrymple’s presidency.
Many other faculty and staff give to the college as well. Becky Bocklage, director of the Jefferson City campus, is working to create a scholarship for Jefferson City undergraduate and graduate students, and Carol Mahurin, senior transcripts specialist, has been giving to the college since 1997 because she thinks of Columbia College as her home.
“The support we’ve received from our faculty and staff has been remarkable,” said Michael Kateman, executive director for Development, Alumni and Public Relations. “Our employees are committed to our students, and their gifts show in a very profound way that they want to see the college continue as a leader in providing quality higher education.