Students in Advanced Public Relations
pose with their clients at a post-auction discussion
and celebration of their
Members of the men’s soccer team
hauled items to trucks and cars for
tips to help
finance a service trip
to Jamaica next year.
FACULTY AND CLASSES vacated the Administration Building last summer for the
more comfortable, accessible and climate-controlled digs of the new Academic Center. Left
behind were academic furnishings long past their prime – two entire floors of the tools of teaching. New furniture came with the new learning center.
“An auction seemed to be the perfect solution,” said Chris Garber ’77, associate vice
president of financial affairs and director of operations. “That way our alumni could collect some memories, other schools and churches could benefit, and we would not have to dispose of hundreds of items.”
The goal: Everything goes.
And it went – in an exhausting eight-hour auction that drew hundreds of alumni and their families, antique dealers, bargainhunters, church and school representatives, and scrap dealers.
When the day was done, the April 13 auction had drawn 214
bidders from 49 Indiana communities and seven other states.
The auction grossed more than double the expected cash for
Expenses were kept to a minimum by employing MU resources, both physical and academic muscle. The physical – moving
everything into the top two floors of the Ad. Building, plus
hauling over electronics, furniture and items stored elsewhere on
campus – was led by MU setups supervisor Scott Eberly and his
crew. Members of the MU men’s soccer team hauled items out
for tips and also provided an auction concession stand to raise
funds for a service trip to Jamaica.
The auction became a successful teaching moment for the
COMM 335 Advanced Public Relations class of Professor Mary
Plunkett ’83 Lahman. The class took on MU as its client,
working with Garber, PR Director Jeri Kornegay and Auctioneer
Larry Miller to promote the auction. Many had not witnessed
an auction before. Students in Case Studies in Business class and
Circle K club helped on auction day.
“I have helped make an auction a success,” said Kayla Sollars ’14, a communication studies major from Fairmont, Ind. “I helped write 50+ Tweets, hang fliers and direct traffic. I was a ringman, and had to pay close attention to bidders to be
successful at that. I met a lot of alumni, and was able to
represent the Public Relations class in a positive way. It was a
long day, but I had a blast working it.”
“The auction was great fun,” said Leslie Pettit ’79, who served 18 years in Manchester’s alumni, development, printing services and ITS offices. “I’m glad I got to be part of this historic event. There were lots of former classmates and co-workers to catch up with and old memories of classes in the upper Ad. Building
– and those GREAT, squeaky wooden floors!
“I managed to get a couple boxes of black T-shirts and gold
T-shirts, and hope to make quilts out of them.”
by the numbers
Goal: at least $10,000
Goal: Tell alumni, antique dealers and
buyers, schools, churches
Result: 214 bidders from 49 Indiana
communities and seven other states
Goal: Remove all furniture
Result: Everything is gone – scores of
chairs, desks, maps, computers,
T-shirts, wastebaskets, sofas,
even the blackboards off the walls