by: Cliff Newell, 
Marylhurst University development administrators aren’t following the Yellow Brick Road. They are promoting the school’s Buy A Brick Campaign. The directors are, from left, David Dickson, Sandy Pittenger and Sandy Marron.

Does Marylhurst University have a brick for you!

In fact, 10,000 bricks of them. Enough to push the university's $25 million Renaissance fundraising campaign to a successful conclusion.

Certainly, Marylhurst officials could not have raised all of that money just by selling bricks. In fact, the campaign has utilized a relatively short list of generous donors to reach its goal.

'Selling bricks is not the most efficient way to raise money,' admitted David Dickson, MU's vice president for development. 'But it's one of the most fun ways.'

It's true that most people can't fork over a $10,000 donation. But they can buy a brick for $100 (or if they are really inspired, a bench for $500 or a lamp post for $2,500). A brick is a fine way to memorialize a loved one and also pave the way to the future for a university that is making tremendous strides.

People are already lining up to buy a brick: Faculty members, staff, administrators, and alumni. Even Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, founders of the school, have found a way to hustle up $100.

Students are pitching in, too, even one young lady who won't graduate until 2012.

Dickson said, 'She said, 'I know this is premature, but I just love this place.''

For many, buying a brick or bench is a sentimental journey, memorializing a mother (with Mother's Day coming May 11), grandmother or friend with Marylhurst connections.

'We got a call from a woman whose daughter was cared for by a sister,' said Sandy Pittenger, assistant to the vice president for development. 'She wanted to buy a brick for her.'

The campaign will conclude on June 30, which also happens to be the final day in office for Marylhurst University's president Nancy Wilgenbusch. For more information about Marylhurst University's Buy A Brick campaign, call Pittenger at 503-699-6251.

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