Senior class gift committee spreads giving message

by rcnewsblog on October 9, 2013

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Calling senior Maroons. Celebrate your time at Roanoke College and help make the College experience a reality for future students.

This year’s senior class gift committee is spreading the word about the ways that students can give to Roanoke.

This five-member committee includes Greg Snyder, who is chair, co-chairs Jennifer Baker, Sean Walsh and Nick Sburlati and Matt Joseph, the chair of special events, marketing and the website. Ashby McGarry, a Roanoke junior, also is a committee member.

“We would love to hear people’s ideas about different events and about how we can get more people to contribute to the senior class gift,” Snyder said.

The senior class gift is a way for Roanoke seniors to leave a legacy at the College. The committee is encouraging students to make a monetary donation, which benefits senior class endowed scholarships and the Roanoke Fund, an annual-giving program that supports the College’s most critical needs.

In fact, all senior class gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to a challenge gift from senior parents. So a senior class gift of $20.14 really equals $40.28.

“The senior class gift is a great way to give back to the school that has given so much to us during our four years here,” Snyder said.

Students who make a donation on or before Thursday, Oct. 10 will have a chance to win a $50 iTunes card.

Here are some ways that students can give to Roanoke:

1) Use a mobile device and visit up for monthly payments with a credit card and spread out the gift over time. If a student gives $2.23 a month starting in October, by June, this gift will total $20.14.)

2) Visit

3) Make a gift by check and mail it via campus mail to Resource Development, Attn: Senior Class Gift.

4) Use a Maroon Card.

5) Go to the Information Desk at the Colket Center.

6) Find a special donation station that will be set up at Pack the House events and other Roanoke home games.

A $20.14 donation will not only go towards the class’ fundraising participation goal of 50 percent, but when the class of 2014 reaches this goal, it will receive a paver on Heritage Walk leading up to the College’s Administration Building.

With each gift, seniors can write a tribute or an in-memory message to be included in the 2014 Commencement program.

Also, on Oct. 10, join the senior class for a kickoff and beer tasting event from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the College’s Pickle Lounge.

-By Morgan Conroy ’14


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