The Senior Class Gift Campaign kicked off its fundraising effort during the Grad Fair last week, offering commemorative t-shirts to those who made a commitment. The event was the first in a series of activities designed to raise support for the campaign, which strives to show undergraduate seniors the impact private support has at the university.
While gifts of any size are welcome, seniors are encouraged to give $20.08 in recognition of their class year. The campaign is off to a great start: with 51 gifts totaling $699.56.
From the day that students set foot on campus, private gifts to the Annual Fund quietly work to enhance their Case Western Reserve experience by supporting scholarships, students groups, faculty, and classroom equipment and research.
"The more that current students learn about the impact of alumni giving on their daily lives, the more inclined they are to join that tradition and make their first gift," notes Kassy Wyman, director of the university annual fund.
One way the university is encouraging gifts is by offering a Seniors' Salute page on its Web site for students wishing to honor a mentor. Anyone making an honorary gift of $20.08 or higher will be listed, along with the name of the honoree.
"It is important for students to feel a personal connection to their giving," notes Robert Hobohm, chair of the College of Arts and Sciences' 2008 Senior Class Gift Committee. "We want to know that our gifts—even if they are modest—are making a difference. So many faculty members have a made a difference in our own lives, so the honorary gift is an idea that clicks with students."
The gift committee will also have a presence at upcoming spring events like Springfest and the Senior Send-Off. They will also provide snacks for students participating in the April 29 Study Over.
Individual schools are also promoting their giving campaigns through special events. On April 23, representatives from the School of Nursing Senior Class Gift Committee are hosting a lunch in the first floor lounge at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing building for Nursing seniors. Committee members for the College of Art & Sciences and Weatherhead School of Management will be setting up tables throughout the remainder of the school year at various times and locations yet to be determined.
Depending on the student's wishes, the funds raised by the Senior Class gift go to either general operating support or special projects that have been determined by graduating seniors of individual schools.
The College of Arts and Sciences will combine its 2007 and 2008 class gifts to support the Doc Oc Sculpture Fund, which honors chemistry professor Ignacio Ocasio, who passed away at the end of the 2004-2005 academic school year.
The Weatherhead School of Management Class of 2008 will be the first ever to make a gift to the Alumni House, the recently remodeled home base for all of the diverse alumni constituencies affiliated with the university.
All funds collected from the School of Nursing seniors will go directly to that school's annual fund which helps the school provide scholarships, attract and retain faculty, provide research opportunities, and enhance the school's Learning Resource Center. Gifts to the Schools of Engineering and Dental Medicine will also go to their annual funds.
To learn more about making a Senior Class Gift, please contact Gretchen Denaro at 216-368-3818. Gifts can also be made via the online giving page by selecting the Senior Class Gift option and indicating in the notes if it should be directed to one of the special school initiatives.
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