Your Invitation to Join Our `All-In' Mentality

Nov. 6, 2017

The Victory Cannon is back home!

I am proud to have been part of some of the most storied rivalries in college football from the Iron Bowl to Bedlam. This past week, I witnessed an intensity from our student-athletes, coaches and fans that was on par with any of those games. Central-Western is one of college sports great rivalries.

As exhilarating as it is to beat your archrival, it still only counts as one win. Eastern Michigan comes to town on Wednesday, and there's much at stake. Our program will look to win the Michigan MAC Championship for the first time since 2013 and be bowl eligible for the sixth straight year. You make a difference in the stands, and we need you in Kelly/Shorts on Wednesday night!

November is one of my favorite months on the college athletics calendar. As the fall sports season builds toward its peak, our winter sports begin competition. I make it a point to regularly take the short walk from my office to the John G. Kulhavi Events Center to watch practice in Parfitt Gymnasium, the Borrelli/Sherwood Wrestling Room, the gymnastics practice facility and the Jack Skoog track. Let me tell you, there is a great deal to be excited about.

In leading our department, I have challenged our staff and coaches to strive for comprehensive excellence. Our goal is to ensure that all of our 18 programs are positioned to compete for championships. It's not only the right thing to do, but it is a lot more fun when the Chippewas are winning across the board. I hope you'll join me in the stands in McGuirk Arena to support our student-athletes and coaches.

Building a department that experiences wide-ranging success requires an "all-in" mentality that begins right here on campus. I am humbled to see our campus community has invested not only their time and energy, but also their treasure in working toward this goal.

We are currently in the midst of the six-week, annual university campaign where commitments by current and retired employees are matched at 50 percent by the university. According to our Chippewa Athletic Fund staff, commitments are currently on pace to exceed last year's record-breaking total of more than $400,000 in support of our student-athletes.

On behalf of our student-athletes and coaches, I want to express my gratitude to all who have made their commitment and to the many who will before this campaign ends. I also want to thank the men and women of our athletics department who are once again on pace to reach 100 percent participation in this campaign.

This kind of generosity may begin on-campus, but the feeling is alive and well in the hearts of our alumni and Chippewa fans. As we ask for your investment, know that we will also ask for your input as we build a shared vision for the future of CMU Athletics. In fostering a culture of giving we have the power to transform lives!

Fire up Chips!

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