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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Why not DC3? campaign kicks off

  • Faculty, community members, staff and members of Dodge City Community College board gathered Saturday evening to celebrate the kickoff of the 'Why not DC3' campaign.
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  • Faculty, community members, staff and members of Dodge City Community College board gathered Saturday evening to celebrate the kickoff of the 'Why not DC3' campaign.
    "We're here tonight to kickoff the campaign, to raise money for the new monolithic dome for our campus," Roger Proffitt, foundation director of Dodge City Community College said. "But tonight is a celebration, not a solicitation, so put away your checkbooks and enjoy the evening."
    When students were polled about what they liked and didn't like about Dodge City Community College in 2011, the overwhelming response was that there was "nothing to do" on campus. So, the idea of creating a student activity center began.
    After visiting the Fowler dome, Dodge City decided to model their own activity center after that one. Now, students and community members will have a place to go if a tornado ever hit Dodge, and the college can apply for money from FEMA to finance part of the project.
    The first application to FEMA was rejected unexpectedly, but the college has re-applied and the application is currently in Washington awaiting approval. If approved, FEMA will provide $500,000 of the needed $5 million to construct the dome. Faculty administration and staff of the college have already raised over $110,000 as well.
    Now, the college is reaching out to the community and asking them for donations as well.
    "This campaign is an opportunity for all residents to become part of an important community investment- our community college," Dr. Woodburn, president of Dodge City Community College said. "By investing in the future of the college, donors will be ensuring the availability of higher education in Ford County and surrounding areas now and for generations to come."
    Special guests for the evening, and honorary co-chairs for the fundraising campaign, were Senator Pat Roberts and his wife Franki. Both the senator and his wife visited with guests throughout the event and talked about what a great addition the dome would be for the Dodge City Community College campus.
    "It's an honor and a privilege to serve on this committee,"Roberts said. "We live in a very divided country right now, in more ways than one. But the one common goal that has always, and will always bring us together is education."
    Research shows that the dome could attract up to 200  new students to the college, which would generate an additional $2 million for the local economy. It would also add more faculty and staff positions at the college.
    Plans for the dome include an indoor soccer field, basketball courts, a walking track, study areas, a small theater and more for students and community members to enjoy. A tornado shelter and a staging area where ambulances can take victims in the event of a large-scale community disaster will also be added.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Building this dome just makes so much sense," Roberts said, "and I am proud to pledge my support of it."

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