April 08, 2009

Senior Class Gift Leaves Sustainable Legacy

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The 2009 Senior Class Gift Campaign officially kicked off its fundraising effort during Grad Fair, launching a series of events that will allow the class of 2009 to leave an enduring legacy on campus and express its appreciation for Case Western Reserve University. The campaign strives to show seniors the impact that private gifts have on the university and to increase participation in the tradition of giving at Case Western Reserve.

In the spirit of sustainability, gifts to the 2009 Senior Class Gift Campaign will help beautify the Case Western Reserve campus by purchasing trees to adorn the Binary Walkway. The committee also hopes to purchase benches made of recycled plastic to provide seating around the Michelson-Morley Fountain in front of Yost Hall.

"I'm beginning to comprehend the relationship between the university and its alums, and how that change will affect us for years to come," says Beth Bai, a member of the 2009 Senior Class Gift Committee. "College is supposed to be the best four years of one's life, filled with memories of friends and adventures. It seems natural to want to give back to a place that was the setting for many of our stories."

While the committee took advantage of the St. Patrick's Day holiday to begin raising awareness of the "green" theme during a Cupcake Kickoff that featured green-frosted treats, Grad Fair provided an opportunity to formally launch the campaign to all graduating seniors. Between the two events, campaign has gotten off to a great start, and has already raised $900.

"The Senior Class Gift Campaign not only gives seniors a chance to leave their mark as they graduate, but is also an opportunity for them to see first-hand the impact that private donations have on the university," says Vivian Ruszkiewicz, assistant director of annual giving, who oversees and coordinates the campaign. "We hope that the campaign will be the start of a strong alumni relationship and encourage lifelong support and connection with the university.

While gifts of any size are welcome, seniors are encouraged to give $20.09 to the Senior Class Gift Campaign in honor of their class year. Those making this commitment will be entered into a raffle to win airline vouchers, gift cards, and massage gift certificates, among other prizes. Winners will be chosen in a drawing during Senior Send-Off.

Seniors who missed the opportunity to support the campaign during Grad Fair will still be able to make a contribution and pick up a souvenir Senior Class Gift coffee mug or luggage tag at upcoming spring events, including Senior Week ticket sale locations and Senior Send-Off. Seniors can also stop by Nord Hall, Room 214 to pick up a pledge card and make a gift.

Become a fan of the Senior Class Gift Campaign, by visiting its Facebook page. For more information, visit case.edu/development/annual/seniorgift or contact Vivian Ruszkiewicz at 216-368-5388 or ver2@case.edu.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 8, 2009 01:36 PM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Students, Support Case, Weatherhead School of Management, news

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