Aug. 27, 2014 — Yesterday, Tuesday, August 26, Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay found himself under a cascade of ice water, thanks to an Ice Bucket Challenge by the Student Government Association.
Over the past couple months the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the U.S. by storm, raising awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and funds for research. The movement has resulted in upwards of $88.5 million in donations to the ALS Association nationally as of this week, and that does not factor in the thousands donated to other organizations for awareness and research within the same movement.
The SGA took the challenge en masse on the steps of Mercer, all dumping mixing-bowlfuls of ice water on themselves simultaneously after challenging “the men’s soccer team, the women’s volleyball team and Dr. Livesay himself” – a dare that the President gladly accepted.
Before the bucket of water was poured over him, Dr. Livesay expressed his motives for participating in the challenge: “I do have friends who, unfortunately, have been afflicted by this horrible disease [. . .],” he said, “and I believe that any kind of work that we can do to be able to contribute to some kind of cure, some kind of prevention of this disease, is something we should all be participating in. So I am delighted to be able to do that today.”
The President in turn has challenged the three vice presidents in his cabinet, namely Rick Taphorn, Kevin Clauson, and Tim Hostetler.
Dr. Livesay and Bryan’s SGA have given their donations to Mayo Clinic, which is moving forward with adult (rather than embryonic) stem cell research.
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; firstname.lastname@example.org.