Students Keep Calm and Thank-a-Thon
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.
“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.’”
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.”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!”