Mercyhurst nails WQLN Collegiate Challenge

When you’re hot, you’re hot!

With the launch of a topflight advertising and branding campaign, a new West County campus, new programs and existing programs growing in national renown, a forward-thinking college community, not to mention a new administration headed by President Dr. Tom Gamble, there’s a “feel good” momentum at Mercyhurst College that just won’t quit.

Was there any doubt, then, that Mercyhurst would emerge the winner of this year’sWQLN Collegiate Challenge?

It’s true. For the first time since 2002 when WQLN launched the friendly fundraiser pitting area colleges against each other in raising money for public broadcasting, Mercyhurst came out on top. In fact, of the five colleges participating, Mercyhurst far outdistanced its competitors, raising $10,782, a 55 percent gain over last year’s total of $6,963. The contest is judged on how much money each college raises for WQLNcompared to its previous year’s effort. Final statistics for all the colleges as furnished byWQLN are:

Mercyhurst - $10,782, 113 pledges, 55% increase

Edinboro - $17,011, 166 pledges, 2% 

Allegheny - $14,740.09, 129 pledges, 1% 

Penn State Behrend - $12,417, 122 pledges, -6% 

Gannon - $8,856.30, 83 pledges, -24%

WQLN spokesperson Michelle Eidenmuller thanked Mercyhurst for its strong showing and said arrangements will be made shortly for a trophy presentation. 

Many thanks to president Gamble, faculty, students and administrators who shared the air waves with WQLN personalities Wally Faas, Tracy Ferrier and Tom New as the station broadcast live from the PAC Wednesday, Oct.18, and a huge salute to the many donors who supported Mercyhurst, and public broadcasting, through this annual endeavor.

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