Annual Giving Recognizes Outstanding Student Callers

Twelve students from the Annual Fund caller program were honored for individual fundraising contributions of more than $25,000 during the annual presentation of the $25,000 Pyramid awards.

The $25,000 Pyramid award recognizes students working in the Office of Annual Giving Programs who raise at least $25,000 for Texas Tech through the office’s Annual Fund caller program. Annual Fund callers are Texas Tech students who raise money to support academic programs and enjoy a unique opportunity to give back to their university while gaining valuable professional experience.

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance was on hand to shake hands and personally thank each caller for their fundraising efforts. The awards were presented by Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Scott Cooksey and Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs Deborah Finlayson. Since the creation of the $25,000 Pyramid award, more than 90 students have been recognized for their fundraising contributions to Texas Tech.

Students recognized for raising at least $25,000 included:

  • Shivkumar Gourshetty, an electrical engineering major from Mumbai, India;
  • Mary Hall, a public relations major from Lubbock, Texas;
  • Heeru Murjani, a food technology major from McAllen, Texas;
  • and Jessica Quisenberry, a microbiology major from Lubbock, Texas.

In addition, six students received special recognition for raising more than $50,000, including:

  • Kelli Tipton, a biology major from Denver City, Texas;
  • Jazzmin Bullard, a psychology major from Houston;
  • Michael Beltran, a communication studies major from Georgetown, Texas;
  • Ashlee Hiers, a public relations major from Arlington, Texas;
  • and Ashley Averitte, a graduate student in elementary education from Ft. Worth, Texas

Averitte also received a Special Achievement Award for raising more $223,000 in the last three years.

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