Listed below are the descriptions of the three potential Senior Class Gifts. Seniors are allowed to vote once, but will receive a second vote if they make a pledge before October 18. Please email the Gift Development Chair, Devron Lovick, or call Geoff Hallett in the Office of Annual Giving at 814-865-0198, if you have questions.
Heritage Tree Endowment
The senior class of 2014 has an exciting opportunity to preserve our campus’ historic beauty for years to come by making a gift to support the Heritage Tree Endowment. This endowment protects trees on the University Park campus that have special historical, cultural, and/or aesthetic value because of their age or role in history. This gift would make an important contribution to the ongoing effort to maintain our campus’ beauty and unique character through its trees. Our trees both embody the rich history of our University and represent its unbounded promise for the future. The class gift would be recognized through the planting of a fourth generation descendant of the “Old Willow.” The original “Old Willow” was planted by William G. Waring, but was removed and replaced. This new tree would be planted from a cutting of a nearly forty year-old, third generation descendant Old Willow and would restore a historic campus landmark. It would also serve as a fitting tribute to the senior class’s belief in Penn State’s bright future and their readiness to ensure that future through philanthropy. As all Penn Staters know, the Penn State experience endures for life, and the senior class of 2014 could enjoy watching this tree grow as they return to campus again and again throughout their lives. With this timeless gift, the senior class of 2014 could demonstrate their affinity for Penn State’s rich history and tradition, as well as their commitment to our University’s future.
Penn State's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
College is an exciting time for many students, but the daily challenges of college life and young adulthood can by very stressful. Students also face personal crises that place an added burden on their mental health and well-being. Penn State’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a vital service by helping students manage a range of personal and mental health challenges. By creating an endowment to support CAPS, the senior class of 2014 could help ensure that Penn State students can benefit from expansive, easily-accessible counseling services for years to come. This endowment would provide crucial support for after-hours counseling, so that students can receive counseling and crisis support even after regular office hours have ended. These expanded services allow students to call at any hour of the evening or night, speak with a counselor on duty, and meet with a counselor if needed. They are especially important since regular appointments fill quickly and can be difficult to obtain when students need them most. While CAPS has secured funding to continue after-hours counseling through the 2013-2014 academic year, there is no guarantee that funding will be available in future years—or even next year. This endowment would help maintain these services for years to come by providing a permanent, annual source of funding. It would extend a much-needed helping hand to student in need, offer a lifeline to students in crisis, and allow future generations of students to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from reliable, effective counseling services.
HUB Green Roof Terrace
For many Penn Staters, the HUB is at the very center of college life—it provides a home base on our sprawling campus, a comfortable location to meet friends and classmates, and an always-lively slice of campus life. With the recent renovation of the HUB, the senior class of 2014 has an exciting opportunity to fund the construction of an open-air rooftop terrace. This innovative new green space would advance sustainability on campus, which is a top University priority and an important issue for this generation. It would also provide a beautiful new space on campus for students to come together and enjoy a gorgeous view of Mt. Nittany in a living environment. As students know all too well, space in the HUB is often limited, and the new terrace would provide additional seating and expanded room for organizational programming. It would also provide several key environmental benefits: reducing the heat island affect that traditional roofs create, allowing for better management of storm water, and creating a new habitat for plants, birds and insects. Through this gift, the class of 2014 could advance Penn State to the forefront of sustainable architecture and design. This gift would create an inviting new space for community-building and enhance the beauty of our campus for years to come.
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