Senior Class Gift

The graduating class has chosen as their class gift to adorn the new Minor Myers jr.  Welcome Center with a piece of artwork.  The artwork is a Midwestern landscape by renowned local painter Harold Gregor.  Approximately one out of every two seniors has made a contribution toward the class gift, making it a very successful campaign and one of which the seniors should be proud.  For more detailed information on the gift, visit

There have been a few firsts for the class gift program this year, as well.  For the first time, student donors had the opportunity to honor a faculty or staff member of their choice when making their gift.  A certificate of thanks was mailed to the recipient in the donor’s name, and dozens of student donors took this opportunity to share their success with favorite professors, staff people, and coaches who helped make their experience possible.

Another new opportunity for donors was the Welcome Center brick campaign.  Student donors of $100 or more could be recognized with a brick in their name on the Welcome Center walkway if they so chose.  The program was a great success, and each and every brick in the Class of 2008 section was sponsored by a donor.  The walkway will be a source of pride for each of these graduating seniors when they return to campus in future years.  It will also serve as a physical representation of support so visitors can see the tradition of philanthropy of which the University is so proud.

Lastly, this is the first year that student donors have been invited to a reception at the home of President and Mrs. Wilson during the week leading up to Commencement.  The Wilsons wanted the opportunity to personally thank the members of the class who participated and will better the lives, through their gift, of current undergraduate and future IWU students.  The class gift program is an introduction to philanthropy—and the role alumni and friends play in the lives of current students.

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