2018 Senior Class Gift voting now open
Voting for the 2018 Penn State Class Gift opened Sunday, offering seniors one of five options to choose from.
Options for the gift include the Textbook and Educational Resources Fund, Support the Student Veteran’s Center, HUB Alma Mater Display, World in Conversation Endowment, and Student Farm Endowment.
“It’s extremely important for seniors to vote — after all, it is their class gift. By voting, their voice is heard in the decision of what their class gives back to the university that has given them so much throughout their time here,” said Lauren Nelson, Executive Director of the 2018 Senior Class Gift.
“With the expansion to three gifts, we’re hopeful that the impact the gifts have on Penn State will benefit students for years to come, and be representative of the student body for the Class of 2018.”
The Textbook and Educational Resources Fund would increase the number of textbooks available for students to borrow from the library, making it easier for students to obtain the “highest quality education to as many students as possible.”
Support the Student Veteran’s Center will help support a space in the soon-to-be Ritenour Building that will help student veterans “learn, be supported, and work alongside the Student Veteran’s Services staff.”
Through the HUB Alma Mater Display gift, an Alma Mater display would be created in the HUB, giving the song “the prominent and permanent place that it deserves.”
World in Conversation Project, a program started in 2002 at Penn State, works to create dialogue between students, examining relevant social and cultural issues. If chosen, the gift would create a “permanent, annual source of funding for this program to operate and grow indefinitely.”
The Student Farm Endowment gift would support Penn State’s Student Farm and “help ensure this connection to our land-grant mission can continue to flourish into the future.” The farm, housed within Penn State’s Sustainability Institute was established by students in 2015 has a three-part goal of educating, creating community, and providing local food access.
Voting for Penn State’s 2018 Cass Gift begins Sunday, Oct. 8 and continues until midnight on Friday, Oct. 13. Seniors can vote for one of the five options either online or at a table in the HUB on Monday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 13 and also receive an “I just voted for the 2018 Class Gifts” sticker.