by Matt Kupec

November 15, 2020

Even during these very challenging eight months of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the SIU Foundation has remained open and actively engaged with SIU alumni and donors to fulfill our mission of supporting Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

It hasn’t been easy, but we are pleased with the results.

There have been challenges — no travel to meet with our SIU supporters and cancellation of key events — but that doesn’t mean the Foundation team has gone to the sidelines to wait out the pandemic.

Early on when the doors at Colyer and Kaplan Halls…

by Matt Kupec

May 25, 2020

This past weekend we lost a great one in Jim Fellman.

In our lives, we rarely come across an individual who will have a profound impact on our lives. For sure, our parents. Maybe a teacher, a coach or two, perhaps a faith leader or academic leader. But it seems like we can only count a handful of people that truly influenced our lives.

For me, Jim was one. He was my first real boss. Jim hired me as the director of alumni relations at Hofstra University at the tender age of twenty-four years…

by Matt Kupec

May 3, 2020

ESPN’s “Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty, has captivated the sports world.

For me, anything covering Michael Jordan is special. MJ is widely regarded as one of the most influential sports personalities of all-time. His talents, grace, competitive fire, winning ways, determination, charisma and charm mesmerized many of us during his prolific career.

“Last Dance” is taking the legend of Michael Jordan to even higher level!

As a former UNC QB and chief fundraiser at the school, Michael’s UNC roots make it obvious why I am such…

by Matt Kupec

April 23, 2020

The NFL will begin its annual Draft celebration this evening, Thursday, April 23 with each NFL team in a remote setting due to the coronavirus.

In anticipation of the draft, my son Matthew has joined me in the continuation of our ongoing football analysis to make a few comments and predictions about this year’s draft. Here’s what we think will happen:

Matthew (Son):

· Top Draft Takeaway: I think Oregon QB Justin Herbert will be the 2nd QB selected in the draft going at pick #5 to the Miami Dolphins. This may be a…

by Matt Kupec

April 12, 2020

The college football world recently lost one of its former head football coaches with the news that Frank Maloney — a former Syracuse coach and Michigan lineman - — died at his home in Chicago, Illinois. Coach Maloney was 79 years old.

I hardly knew Coach Maloney but he is somebody I will never forget. …

by Matt Kupec

February 24, 2020

Doesn’t it feel sometimes like the world today is turned upside down? When something you could count on just isn’t measuring up to the normal ways?

Well, that’s the way it feels with the current state of UNC Tar Heel athletics. Specifically, I am referencing the UNC basketball and football programs.

Quick history lesson. Every fall, the UNC football season starts, the Tar Heels lose a September game and the Tar Heel boosters are heard to be saying, “when does basketball start” as they leave Kenan Stadium after a gridiron loss. …

by Matt Kupec

December 27, 2019

I have had another Hallmark moment!

What, you might ask, is a Hallmark moment?

Well, I must confess that I have grown a fondness for Hallmark Channel movies. The channel which has the same sappy story line for every one of its movies — big city executive finds himself/herself in a very small community with an appealing charm that eventually will draw them away from the big city into the small town forever.

The charm of the small town is both the physical beauty of the town and the surroundings, and of the goodness…

By Matt Kupec

November 4, 2019

Florida State University made big news today when they announced the firing of Head Football Coach Willie Taggert even though there still remain three games left to play in the season. Coming of a terribly disappointing performance in a loss to Miami, and standing at a record of 4–5, the Seminoles administration made the decision to fire Taggert because as FSU President John Thrasher said, “we had no choice but to make a change.”

So, Coach Taggart gets fired just 21 games into the tenure of his six-year contract at Florida State. …

by Matt Kupec

October 30, 2019

It seems like every non-profit and educational institution is in the midst of a major fundraising campaign! Campaigns are so frequently launched that it now feels like it is more the norm to be in a campaign than not to be in a campaign.

I have had the chance to lead four major fundraising campaigns:

1) “The Campaign for Hofstra University,” a $30 million effort that was Hofstra University’s first-ever comprehensive campaign. That initiative raised $32 million.

2) “The Bicentennial Campaign” at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a $320 million effort…

by Matt Kupec

October 19, 2019

This past weekend in college football was the weekend we have been waiting all season for! Exciting games pitting ranked and unbeaten teams against each other. Stunning upsets. And some really spectacular performances from some very talented players.

We saw seven teams in the Top #25 go down in Week #7 of the season. The top, and most stunning, upset was South Carolina taking down #3 Georgia in overtime in Athens, GA. Watching Jake Fromm throw three interceptions and just look out of sync for the first time in his college career was a…

Matt Kupec

Matt Kupec has led the fundraising at UNC, Hofstra & Moffitt Cancer. $5B has been raised & he has led 3 major campaigns.

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