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Northwest Missouri State University


 (Photo by Darren Whitley)

Up 'til Dawn

Welcome | Executive Board | Big Event | Colden Pond Plunge | Applications

Welcome

Last year Northwest Missouri State University along with Up ‘til Dawn raised over $38,000 for the Children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Up 'til Dawn is a nationwide student-led philanthropic program in which college students raise funds for awareness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Students participate in a year of online fundraising that culminates with the Big Event, an all-night challenge that brings all participants together.

2014-2015 Executive Board

Executive Director Taylor Provow
Assistant Director Maeve Goad
Publicity Chair Cameron Cotten
Big Event Co-Chair Valerie Ruby
Big Event Co-Chair Brittany Billinger
Recruitment Co-Chair Caleb Mitchell
Recruitment Co-Chair Mackenzie Hoyle
Side Events Co-Chair Bethany Stanberry
Side Events Co-Chair Taylor Hannan
Advisor Kat Falke

Fight the yawn, stay Up 'til Dawn for the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

For more information about St. Jude's or participating in Up 'til Dawn, please e-mail utd@nwmissouri.edu or contact Taylor Provow, Executive Director at s511721@mail.nwmissouri.edu

Up 'til Dawn Big Event

The Big Event

2014-2015 Date and Time TBD

Up 'til Dawn Big Event

Up 'til Dawn is a nationwide student-led philanthropic program in which college students raise funds for awareness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Students participate in a year of online fundraising that culminates with the Big Event, an all-night challenge that brings all participants together.

How does it work?

  • Students form teams of six to participate in The Big Event.
  • Each participant must raise $100.
  • Fundraising efforts are email-based.  As a result, helping raise money has never been easier.  With one click, you can easily send out emails and donors can conveniently and securely donate to St. Jude online.

Because of its donors and fundraisers like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. Help support Northwest Missouri State University and get involved by registering at http://utd.stjude.org

Colden Pond Plunge

Colden Pond Plunge

2015 Date and Time TBD

Northwest Missouri State student Tassi Cook takes her turn jumping into Colden Pond during the 2013 Colden Pond Plunge. This year's Colden Pond Plunge is set for Feb. 21. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Photography)

Northwest Missouri State University’s Up ‘til Dawn chapter is now collecting donations in anticipation of its annual Colden Pond Plunge to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  This year’s plunge is set for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb 21, at Colden Pond. The event is free and open to the public. This year, Maryville Public Safety also will provide free hot chocolate to those in attendance.

During the remaining days leading up to the Colden Pond Plunge, the Northwest community is invited to donate on behalf of any one of 17 Northwest students nominated to take the plunge. The five students who raise the most funds during the campaign will jump into the campus pond.  Members of Up ‘til Dawn are collecting donations between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Donations made by check should be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

All proceeds go to helping offset St. Jude’s operating costs and aiding St. Jude patients. Last year, Northwest raised more than $3,000 during its Colden Pond Plunge campaign.

For more pictures of the Colden Pond Plunge, please click here.

2015-16 Executive Board Applications

Now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Executive Board

Available positions:

Executive Director
The executive director is responsible for the overall management of the program. He/she serves as the liaison between the executive board and ALSAC, the community and campus. He/she ensures the executive board is working as a team and holds the board accountable for responsibilities, setting goals throughout the year. The executive director maintains a flow of communication among the executive board and is in charge of working with the advisor to obtain campus funding for the program. Other tasks of the executive director include booking space for and organizing meetings, recording financial and budgetary documentation, and spreading the mission/education of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to the campus and community in the area.
Assistant Director
The assistant director will assist the executive director in closely monitoring the progress of Executive Board members and reminding them of details associated with their position. He/she will manage the official Up 'til Dawn budget and office area, maintaining communication with the Office of Campus Activities budget liaison at a minimum of once a month. He/she will report directly to the Executive Director and keep the Executive Director up to date on any Executive Board members not fulfilling their responsibilities.
Recruitment Director
The recruitment chair is responsible for developing the recruitment goals and strategy. He/she should make plans to meet or exceed recruitment goals. Should challenges arise he/she should work with the executive director to ensure recruitment goals are met. He/she leads all recruitment activities and is also responsible for working with the executive board to coordinate the event registration process. The recruitment director will oversee the recruitment committees during the recruitment phase to implement the recruitment strategy, retain past participating teams, and report all recruitment totals back to the executive board. Once recruitment is complete, this committee will then be responsible for team cultivation and report to the fundraising director since they have established relationships with the teams they recruited.
Fundraising Director
The fundraising director is responsible for creating overall fundraising strategies. He/she will oversee team cultivation/fundraising coaching and work with the recruitment and cultivation committee. The fundraising director is also responsible for overseeing the side events chair & sponsorship chair. This includes helping them secure both cash and in-kind sponsorship donations to the St. Jude Up 'til Dawn program which includes covering costs for physical items, such as supplies, food and beverage, and prizes in order to reduce the cost of the event and stay within the pre-defined budget. He/she is in charge of working with those chairs to solicit these donations.
Public Relations Director
The public relations director is responsible for coordinating all publicity on campus and in the community to promote all aspects of St. Jude Up 'til Dawn in a creative way. He/she serves as the group liaison with all media outlets both on and off campus and is responsible for the implementation of the St. Jude Up 'til Dawn Recruitment and Awareness Week. The public relations director is also responsible for managing the content of the St. Jude Up 'til Dawn website and social media accounts. He/she is also responsible for creating advertisements and new forms of message awareness to the community. The public relations director is responsible for managing the St. Jude and St. Jude Up 'til Dawn brands on campus ensuring that no material is printed without approval from the St. Jude representative, advisor and executive director. He/she works with the social media chair to ensure that St. Jude Up 'til Dawn has a good relationship with the campus and the community. The public relations director is responsible for overseeing the social media chair and ensuring that all social media communication is consistent with the public relations strategy.
Event and Logistics Director
The event and logistics director is responsible for the overall vision, layout, and production of the St. Jude Up 'til Dawn event. He/she is responsible for assisting the planning of the Big Event. He/she works with the logistics chair to brainstorm and develop the overall event, activities, layout, and logistical needs. The event and logistics director is responsible for managing and coordinating all entertainment, games and other experiential pieces for the St. Jude Up 'til Dawn event. He/she also oversees the logistics chair and confirms that each piece of the final production is prepared in advance. This director is responsible for staying within any pre-defined budgets as defined by the executive director, advisor and St. Jude representative.
Student Orgs Chair
The student orgs chair is responsible for working directly with the recruitment director and recruitment & cultivation committee to manage all St. Jude Up 'til Dawn teams and implement a team communication strategy. Once recruitment is complete, the student orgs chair will report directly to the fundraising chair for team cultivation and fundraising. He/she works closely with each team captain to provide fundraising and program information and to host team captain and participant informational meetings. The student orgs chair will serve as the lead team fundraising coach throughout the duration of the program and disseminate fundraising coaching information to the recruitment & cultivation committee. The student orgs chair works closely with the event & logistics team to organize and run registration at the actual event. If there is no recruitment & cultivation committee, then those committee responsibilities fall under the student orgs chair.
Side Events Chair
The side events chair is responsible for planning and implementing all side events for the St. Jude Up 'til Dawn program. He/she is responsible for the logistical needs for the events and is in charge of building a communication plan with the recruitment & cultivation committee for side events. The side events chair is also responsible for handling all revenue for side events and working with the St. Jude representative and advisor to ensure it is submitted in a timely fashion. He/she works directly with the fundraising director.
Sponsorship Chair
The sponsorship chair is responsible for securing all types of sponsorships from organizations on campus and in the community. He/she is responsible for planning methods for the executive board to obtain both in-kind and monetary sponsorships. Working directly with the fundraising director, the sponsorship chair is tasked with developing existing relationships with community sponsors as well as discovering new opportunities. The sponsorship chair reports directly to the fundraising director.
Social Media Chair
The social media chair is responsible for handling all public relations implemented through social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) in accordance with the public relations strategy. He/she works hand in hand with the public relations director to drive public awareness of the program to the campus and community. He/she is also responsible for ensuring the promotion of the St. Jude Up 'til Dawn mission through social media. The social media chair reports directly to the public relations director.
Logistics Chair
The logistics chair is responsible for coordinating, reserving, and booking all aspects of any St. Jude Up 'til Dawn event (except for executive board meetings which is handled by the executive director). He/she is responsible for staying within any pre-defined budgets as outlined by the board, advisor, and St. Jude representative. The logistics chair also serves as a liaison to facility staff and is responsible for monitoring the event to ensure everything is running smoothly. He/she is on site for the event for load-in and load-out. He/she reports to the event and logistics director.