NEVADA, MO—Dr. Judy Rogers, president of Cottey College is pleased to announce A Defining Moment: The Campaign for Cottey College has raised over $31 million of the five-year, $35 million campaign, launched in September 2009. Under the leadership of Barbara Andes, campaign chairman, the Campaign is the first comprehensive Campaign in the history of the college.
When Donna Helm (nee Tubesing) arrived at Cottey from Wisconsin in 1975, in the typical late summer heat of Nevada, and moved her belongings to a third floor non-air conditioned room in Robertson Hall, she wondered if she might have made a mistake. Thirty-five years later she readily attests that Cottey was a great choice and a wonderful experience where she learned to study; she was in the right place at the right time. Read more
The love for Cottey was breathed into Janet’s ear through four generations of P.E.O.s in her family, and her mother, Patricia, an alumna, Class of ‘47, aided the convincing to attend. Perhaps the biggest deciding factor was that Janet attended a large high school, with a graduating class of 2,000, making her long for a smaller institution for her college education. Cottey filled her yearning.
Most parents are proud of and grateful for the education their children receive at colleges and universities. The Flaharty family of Wichita, Kansas, was so appreciative, they met with officials of the Defining Moment Campaign to express through a gift their appreciation for what Cottey has meant in their daughter Robin’s life. They believe in supporting the transforming power of education and the empowering impact it can have on making the world a better place for everyone.
Lois is the first and only person to establish an athletic scholarship at Cottey. She did so in memory of her mother, and so it is called the Keister Scholarship. Upon the death of her husband, Lois added to the fund. Friends, family and several P.E.O. chapters have also contributed to the fund to grow it to its current significant size.
An indefatigable recruiter and supporter for Cottey, Betty Stutz is recognized as the key to Texas' rank as second only to Missouri in the number of student enrollments from a single state. Betty, a life-long Texan, was interviewed from her home in Kerrville, Texas, northwest of San Antonio.
Defining Moment Testimonials
"We have a gem - a diamond, that not everyone is aware of," said Helen Kirby.
After visiting the Cottey campus as a high school sophomore, Amy knew that "this was it."