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Salish Kootenai College launches fundraising effort

By Alyssa Nenemay

SKC's promotional picture is part of a campaign for the Capturing the Vision fundraising efforts. The SKC foundation has already raised $8 million. (courtesy photo) SKC's promotional picture is part of a campaign for the Capturing the Vision fundraising efforts. The SKC foundation has already raised $8 million. (courtesy photo)

PABLO – The Salish Kootenai College has been in transition over the past year as construction projects reshape campus and Robert DePoe III, member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, is appointed as the new president.

In light of its transition, this week SKC announced its first-ever capital campaign: “Capturing the Vision.”

Secretly under construction over the past four months, SKC Foundation executive director Angelique Albert said Capturing the Vision’s goal priorities were based on faculty input. “The President said that he wanted to make a difference campus wide and he felt like the best way to do that was to get input from the faculty. We carried out an investigation on SKC’s needs based on that input. No one knew what was going on, but they were all really excited to be heard,” she said.

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Developed under the SKC Foundation, the project’s goal is to fundraise $20 million over a span of five-years in order to further the college’s initiatives in five areas: Student Success, Academic Excellence, Campus Infrastructure, Increasing Community Capacity, and Culture & Legacy. Funding will be distributed amongst each category and will also aid individual projects within those confines.

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Albert said the visionary behind “Capturing the Vision” was DePoe himself. “When I started working at SKC four months ago I met with (DePoe) and he said he had this vision to launch this huge campaign. He wanted to weave the vision of the SKC Founders and the vision each of our students have for their lives when they come here. He is very passionate about his work,” she said.

DePoe has been involved in the entire planning process for the Capturing the Vision project from the logo, which was inspired by the work of SKC Fine Arts Department head Karen Goulet, to the promotion, which he asked be the highlight of his recent inauguration.

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Capturing the Vision has raised an estimated $8 million. Media has been developed to further the campaign, which features SKC students, faculty, and the college campus. “I have no doubt we’ll reach that goal,” said Albert.

More information can be found at www.foundation.skc.edu.

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