2010 GRADUATE STUDENT JACOB TUPPER was looking for a part-time job two years ago when he heard about student caller openings for PSU’s annual Phonathon. With only one day left to apply, he made the call.

Since then, he’s made thousands more. Tupper, of Stilwell, Kan., was a natural fit for the Phonathon, one of PSU’s ongoing communication tools designed to keep alumni connected to the university. Tupper took to the job right away, becoming the top student caller in reaching out to new donors and bringing in gifts to the PSU Foundation.

“We have a chance to connect to so many people across the country, from the East Coast to the West,” said Tupper, an accounting graduate. “Whether or not people were able to give, you could tell how fond and loyal they are to the university. As a student, that was inspiring to hear.”

Recently, the PSU Phonathon expanded to a year-long effort, allowing current students and alumni a greater opportunity to connect and share their stories. This year’s Phonathon kicks off in September.

“As a caller, you speak with a variety of people – those who give right away and those who don’t,” he said. “But what I found interesting were the ones in between, who open up when you remind them about their days at PSU. When we are able to tell them about life on campus now and how we need their support more than ever, it makes for some wonderful conversations.”