Sunday, January 20, marked the fourth annual Senior Gift Kick-off Party where 150 students were welcomed back to campus a day early to celebrate their contribution to the Class of 2013 Gift. Before the party even began, the class had raised $6,167 of their $10,000 goal, a record for senior giving.
“The endless opportunities that Siena has provided me will leave me in debt to this school for the rest of my life. In my eyes, making a small donation to the senior class gift is the very least I can do to give back to this community,” said Joe Abed El Latif ’13.
The Class of 2013 Council and Senior Gift Committee chose to devote their gift contributions to the David ’73 and Christine Spicer ’75 Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Endowment. “I truly believe that the CIE program will provide future students with an incredible opportunity to turn their ambition and ingenuity into something real,” said Abed El Latif.
“The senior gift offers students a chance to work together and to bolster class spirit, and the party that celebrates it encourages them to get excited about giving back to the College and leaving their legacy at Siena,” said Jake Hill ’09, assistant director of alumni relations and manager of the senior gift campaign.
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, the reception featured dinner, drinks and raffles whose prizes included Siena gear, tickets to Senior Week events and autographed ESPN banners.
Typically, the majority of senior class gift fundraising takes place during the spring semester and the party acts as a springboard for the class to gain momentum for their campaign. Seniors interested in making a contribution to their class gift can visit the Senior Gift website.