Advancement Spring 2017

The Joy of Giving: Women’s Group Donates to Enhance Campus Safety

Since its inaugural year in 2015, the Women of Vision giving circle has worked to educate, encourage and engage women at OBU through various programs and projects designed to leave a lasting impact on Bison Hill.

With 78 members and nearly $70,000 raised this year, Women of Vision is ready to take on their next project. At their annual event in 2016, members voted to equip buildings on campus with keyless card access.

“In 2015, the Women of Vision voted to use the $45,000 raised to provide additional lighting on campus,” said Gretchen Trimble, coordinator for Women of Vision. “That, combined with this year’s keyless card access project, speaks volumes about our desire to enhance and impact the safety and security of our students on Bison Hill.”

The dorms on campus already have keyless card access, so the project will focus on other buildings, including Ford Music Hall, Wood Science building, Noble Complex, Thurmond Hall, Mabee Learning Center, Geiger Center and the Art Building.

The project is expected to be functional by the start of the fall 2017 semester and cost between $50,000 and $60,000.

Membership in Women of Vision requires a commitment of $1,000 per year. A special rate of $500 per year is offered to faculty and staff or their spouses, as well as current students and recent OBU graduates. It is also possible to provide membership through sponsorship of a current student or recent graduate.

Members play an integral role in directing financial resources and making a significant impact on students, faculty and staff on campus. Women of Vision gives them the opportunity to connect and network with other women as well as celebrate the joy of giving and the difference it makes.

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