New senior giving campaign gets students in the habit of supporting UC
UC received gifts from 31,457 alumni, faculty, staff and friends during the 2007-08 academic year. Some gave back because they received a scholarship or other assistance as a student and wanted to ensure future students have the same chances they did. Others wanted to support particular programs or departments in the face of dwindling state funding. Some were simply grateful for the positive impact UC had on their lives and the community.
Of course, those same sentiments are reason enough for UC students to give, as well. For many years, senior giving campaigns have been a tradition within UC colleges, raising money for a variety of initiatives, from benches and study areas to scholarships and social events. This year, the 2008 senior class took the effort to the next level by forming a partnership with the UC Foundation and the honorary fraternity Sigma Sigma with a goal of eventually raising enough money to build a statue of the bearcat on the university campus.
In the end, the students raised several thousand dollars. And together with donations from Sigma Sigma and a private gift, they were able to assemble starter funds of more than $10,000 toward the statue.
Natalie Kohne, CCM '08, senior class president and one of the architects of the Senior Class Giving Campaign, says statues at other colleges seem to instill a sense of school spirit and pride, and are often a destination for students and visitors alike.