Students Keep Calm and Thank-a-Thon

I <3 Alumni: Philanthropy Week Puts Alumni Generosity on Full Display
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gratitude took center stage during I <3 Alumni: Philanthropy Week, as students signed thank-you cards for alumni as part of a unique “thank-a-thon” held in the D’Angelo Center. 

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“We have a huge alumni network, and their generosity helps us in so many ways,” said Max Rindfleisch ’14C, President of the Student Alumni Association. “From named buildings to scholarships to internship opportunities, alumni provide us with an awful lot, and this is our opportunity to say ‘thank you.’”

I <3 Alumni: Philanthropy Week is a global initiative in which institutions across the world organize event and activities to raise awareness about the importance of philanthropy. Organized by the Office of Alumni Relations, the St. John’s thank-a-thon allowed students to write messages and draw pictures on unique cards to show their gratitude. 

For Rindfleisch, the thank-a-thon was particularly meaningful. 

“On a personal level, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my scholarship, made possible thanks to alumni,” he explained. “So this thank-a-thon is the perfect opportunity to show our appreciation, and, hopefully, to educate other students about how important alumni contributions are.” 

As Kolin Mendez ’14CPS signed his personal thank-you note, he reflected on all that alumni do for the student body. 

“Alumni are in the ‘real world,’ so to speak, and that’s where we’re headed after we graduate,” he said.

They provide us with connections, internships and opportunities to succeed, so you really can’t overstate how important alumni are to the University community.”

Cards ranged from heartfelt to funny, and students walked away with a greater understanding of the importance of philanthropy. Elisa Douglas ’05C, Assistant Director in the Office of Alumni Relations, noted that this awareness will help create a sense of giving in students when they too become alumni.

The truth is, tuition doesn’t pay for everything,” Douglas noted. “Events like this help students realize that alumni donations do so much for them, and judging by the wonderful thank-you cards, I think it’s safe to say that they’re grateful for our generous alumni!”