Jun. 18, 2015 - 3:15PM
in Homeward 2015 (Goal: 2300 Grad Givers)
Prior to 2012, none of us had ever heard of a little program called Homeward. In fact, the very idea of an alumni participation brand seemed crazy. Why would you invest time and money in a sphere of philanthropy that had seen two decades of ...
Apr. 17, 2015 - 4:30PM
I have no right to author these words. To attempt to articulate the storm of emotion our campus is weathering today and will strain beneath for weeks, months, and years to come. Or to tearfully grasp at the depth of pain and disorientation that can ...
Apr. 14, 2015 - 5:00PM
About eight months ago I wrote to you about donor intent—the idea that when a donor [let’s call him Jim] gives money [say $5,000] to OC with specific intent [Jim wants to build an outdoor garden for the biology department], the University...
Mar. 2, 2015 - 10:45AM
in Apartment Refresh - 10 Suites
It’s long been my intent to have a guest writer or two on this blog. It shakes things up and keeps the perspective fresh. However, I never guessed my first visiting blogger would be none other than our president, John deSteiguer. I’d be ...
Dec. 5, 2014 - 2:00PM
in Campus Cafe Reboot
The week before Thanksgiving, I was blessed to be part of one of the most unique and flat-out fun projects I’ve ever worked on: Students Pick. If you followed our shenanigans on Twitter (@OCThrive), you know that 1,977 students were invited to ...
Nov. 14, 2014 - 11:15AM
How do you engage 1,977 undergrads in a capital campaign like Thrive?
That’s the head-scratcher that’s worn a hole in my scalp these last few months. I’ve been consistent in my mantra that Thrive is for our students. But just ...
About the Author
Will Blanchard ('07) serves as OC's Director of Advancement Operations and assists President John deSteiguer and Vice President Kent Allen as manager of the Thrive Campaign. Passionate about the Kingdom, the Eagles, and "living life to eleven," Will serves as a manager and copywriter on many Advancement efforts, including the OC Callout and Homeward. He and his wife, Amy ('09), and their lil' Eagle, Penny, live to play in Edmond. You can reach Will (and he'd consider it a pleasure) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.425.5115.