Walker named annual giving fundraiser

Alumni and friends of Mississippi State University are among the most faithful in the Southeastern Conference, and a new MSU Foundation fundraiser is in place to assist them with contributions through the university’s annual fund.

Sidney “Ally” Walker became associate director of annual giving in September. A Starkville native and MSU alumna, Walker will be responsible for securing leadership annual giving commitments, assisting with special campaigns and focusing on specific university programs such as Compass Scholarships. She joins other team members—Jana Berkery, annual giving director, and Kelli Conrad, assistant director of annual giving who oversees the Bulldog Calling Center.

Walker earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from MSU in communication with an emphasis on public relations with a minor in marketing. Focusing on business development, outside sales, and project management, she worked previously at Beech Street Capital in Bethesda, Maryland, and Skyline DFW Exhibits and Events in Grand Prairie, Texas.

At MSU, the annual fund is designed to provide an avenue through which donors can support any area of Mississippi State on a continual basis. Gifts may be specifically designated for a college or school, academic department, scholarship fund, or any other area. A component of the annual giving program is the Bulldog Calling Center, composed of more than 50 student fundraisers. In addition to solicitations, center staff members work to update Alumni Association records during the contact process.

MSU has more than 132,000 living alumni, and the MSU Foundation engages as many of them as possible annually. For a complete list of MSU fundraisers, visit msufoundation.com.