Why I Give: Mary C. Proehl '10

Management/Art History minor

Phillipsburg, N.J.

Why Gettysburg? I knew I wanted a small school, and I visited several with my Dad [William '79]. When we visited Gettysburg, I just got this feeling as soon as we started walking around that "this is where I want to be."

Best class at Gettysburg (so far): I took VAH 112, Ideas and Events Behind the Arts, with Professor Carol Small in the spring of my first year. I had never taken an art history class before, but it changed my life. I took several more classes, then when I went abroad last fall I was able to see so much of what I had studied in countless museum trips. I have a passion and appreciation for the arts that I don't know if I'd have without it.

Number of years working for Phonathon: I'm coming up on my third year, minus one semester in the south of France - but I missed calling every day!

Why I work for Phonathon: I love talking to people and I thought it would be great to share stories with alumni. The students I've met have become some of my best friends, and I might not have met them without Phonathon. The College has always been home to such a wide variety of students - almost everyone who has time to talk with us has awesome memories to share.

Coolest call: I once called an alumni who was at least 95 years old, and he couldn't come to the phone because he was still at work.

Quote I try to live by: "Why not go out on a limb, that's where all the fruit is!" -Mark Twain

What's next, after Gettysburg: I want to work in advertising - whether in-house or at an agency - or possibly find work in publishing.

Every Sunday through Thursday from September through April, students working for the Phonathon make calls for Gettysburg College. Their mission: to reach as many of the 23,000+ alumni, families, and friends as possible, share campus news, update College records, gather insights, stories, and opinions, and ask for yearly support for the Gettysburg Fund. They are responsible for about 20 percent of the more than $3 million raised for the Gettysburg Fund. Search Phonathon Callers on the College website to read more profiles like Mary's.