March 29, 2011

Senior Gift Campaign to Benefit KSL Café

2011 Senior Class GiftThe 2011 Senior Class Gift Campaign officially kicks off its fundraising effort during Grad Fair, which starts today in the Case Western Reserve University Bookstore. The campaign was created to show seniors the impact private gifts have on the university and to increase participation in the tradition of giving at Case Western Reserve.

This year’s Senior Class Gift Campaign will benefit Cramelot, the new café at Kelvin Smith Library. The senior class chose the project because members of the Class of 2011 were actively involved in the creation of the library’s café and feel it will be an important addition to campus life. Gifts to the campaign will go toward a table set for the café that will feature the class logo and donor names. Sample images of the gift can be seen at Grad Fair and other events the Senior Class Gift committee will be attending.

Hersh Varma, senior class president, stressed the importance of giving to the campaign—regardless of the gift size. “I remember the story of CWRU alum Tinkham Veale II (CIT '37), who gave small amounts every single year he was out of college—as if it was a force of habit,” Varma said, explaining why he wants students to get involved in giving. “Of course, his habit eventually helped the university build incredible facilities to improve student life. So, if this year’s Senior Class Gift Campaign gets even one senior into the habit of giving back to the university, and one day that habit helps make CWRU an even better place, then we will have succeeded in the spirit of the endeavor.”

The project at Cramelot will give the seniors a place in CWRU history, providing furnishings that other students will use for years to come.

“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,” explained Mike Wise, assistant director of annual giving, who is part of the team that coordinates the campaign. “We hope 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 $20.11 to the Senior Class Gift Campaign in honor of their class year. Seniors who miss the opportunity to support the campaign during Grad Fair will still be able to make contributions and pick up souvenirs at upcoming spring events. Seniors can also stop by Nord Hall Room 214 to make a gift or visit the giving website by selecting “Senior Class Gift.”

Become a fan of the Senior Class Gift Campaign by visiting its Facebook page. For more information, visit or contact Mike Wise at 216.368.3124 or

Posted by: Emily Mayock, March 29, 2011 09:19 AM | News Topics:

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