Do you know Kim Herhold?
To say that a career in development found University of Houston-Clear Lake alumna Kim Herhold would be a bit of an understatement. In the late 90’s, Herhold was pursuing a degree in healthcare administration and realized she wasn’t sure that her degree and her career aspirations were on aligning paths.
At the time, she was an officer in UHCL’s student government association, where she admits, “we did some of the craziest fundraisers.
”One such fundraiser benefitted SGA’s Endowment Scholarship. That particular year, Houston Endowment offered a matching grant for up to $5,000, and to the SGA officers that meant they had a chance to turn a $5,000 scholarship in to a $10,000 scholarship.
Around that time, a friend of Herhold’s mentioned that she had to leave her student worker job in the Office of University Advancement in order to focus on school-related responsibilities. She suggested that Herhold apply for the position, and several months later, Herhold graduated from student worker to full-time temporary worker to being a permanent full-time employee. That was 15 years ago, when Herhold admits she didn’t even know jobs in development existed. Now, she’s the assistant director of development for UHCL’s Annual Fund.
“I remember how fulfilling fundraising was, especially when doing the fundraising for future students,” says Herhold. That passion is evident in some of Herhold’s greatest ideas she’s shared in her current role, such as Be the Change.
Three years ago Herhold wanted to create a new fundraiser so she researched successful initiatives at other universities. What she found inspired Be the Change, an on-going fundraising initiative.
Throughout the year students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to “adopt” a piggy bank. Each adopter is given a “birth certificate” for the piggy bank and encouraged to drop by University Advancement to empty their banks. Banks can also be deposited during the two Be the Change events each year: the Biggest Oinker contest where student organizations compete to bring in the most pounds of money and the Celebrity Decorating Contest where faculty members decorate their piggy banks and the “designers” encourage others to help them raise the most money in their banks. This year’s contest is March 3-4, 3-7 p.m. in the UHCL Bayou Building, Atrium I.
Another one of Herhold’s great ideas can often be witnessed in the Bayou Building after most campus offices have darkened for the day. A few years ago, Herhold’s phone conversations with alumni led her to focus on the connection missing between alumni and current students, especially those who only attend classes after normal business hours.
“I had just attended the university and I wasn’t really involved,” says Herhold, who considered herself a night student while pursuing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. “I knew I had to change that for other students.”
“I remember being a student here at night and there was nothing open, not even a place to get coffee. I wished somehow we could make those night students know someone is there and is there for them.” Herhold suggested hosting evening events where students and alumni could connect and now, once a month alumni spend an evening on-campus handing out free coffee and snacks to students at Alumni Coffee Tables. She even admits to enjoying seeing alumni and students connecting, even remembering each other from prior Coffee Table evenings.
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