Seniors: Voting for 2013 senior class gift begins Oct. 15

October 09, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- From Monday through Friday, Oct. 15-19, Penn State seniors will have an opportunity to determine their class legacy by voting for one of three options as their gift to the University.

“The tradition of senior class gifts is one that has stood for 122 years,” said senior Morgan Delaware, class gift committee overall chair and a senior in broadcast journalism. “It might just be one of the most important traditions we have, as it encourages a lifetime of giving to Penn State, a University that was founded on philanthropy.

“At a time in our University’s history where our legacy is being challenged, I feel a tremendous amount of honor and privilege to lead the Senior Class Gift Committee to show the world our real legacy: one of pride, loyalty and community. I hope all seniors will join us in voting for their choice as the gift of the class of 2013.”

Seniors can vote online at or in person on the ground floor of the HUB, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 15-19. Voting ballots, pledge sheets and gift descriptions will be available at all voting locations and online. Students graduating in May, August, or December of 2013 are eligible to vote and donate to this year’s senior class gift.

After careful consideration, the committee has selected the following three proposals for the final ballot:

-- “We Are” Sculpture

The class of 2013 would create a sculpture of Penn State’s iconic slogan “We Are.” The sculpture would consist of large, three dimensional letters, with the words of the Penn State Alma Mater inscribed across them in the original handwriting of Fred Lewis Pattee. Composed in April 1901 by Pattee, professor of American literature, the Alma Mater’s words embody Penn State pride. The Alma Mater inscription on the sculpture would serve as a visual representation of what it truly means to be a Penn Stater.

-- Rec Hall Beautification

One of the oldest and most recognized buildings on campus, Rec Hall has undergone many renovations over its history. The front of Rec Hall includes three large windows that have been filled with limestone block. The Class of 2013 would install a new window system that would simulate the historic character of the original windows that were removed in 1962. Originally designed by Charles Z. Klauder, Rec Hall opened in 1929 and is now home to Penn State’s men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s wrestling 2012 national championship squad. In addition to sporting events, Rec Hall also hosts pep rallies and programming events for the surrounding community.

-- Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children Donation

The class of 2013 would provide a monetary contribution to the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children (PSHCPC). The gift would support the ongoing initiative of creating the Transforming the Lives of Children Clinic (TLC) within the center. TLC will give comprehensive primary care to victims of child abuse who are in foster care, as well as provide legal advocacy for victims. As the region’s only academic medical center, Penn State Hershey is strategically positioned to help fulfill the University’s responsibility to improve the detection, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Center for the Protection of Children is poised to pioneer an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to addressing the causes and consequences of child maltreatment. The gift would benefit Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital -- all located on the Hershey campus. In addition, the gift would be appropriately recognized on the University Park campus.

The final three proposals were chosen from more than 150 submitted by Penn State students, faculty and staff.

Also, once again Penn State alumni and benefactors Edward R. and Helen S. Hintz have pledged to endow a $50,000 Trustee Scholarship in the name of the class of 2013 if the Senior Class Gift Committee meets a goal of obtaining at least 3,300 pledges to the class gift from seniors by April 15, 2013. Through the Trustee Matching Scholarship Program, the endowment’s payout will be matched by the University, and all funds will be awarded to students with financial need.

The voting results will be announced at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Noontime Lounge on the second floor of the HUB. Penn State President Rodney Erickson will be present to accept the gift on behalf of the University. The entire Penn State community is invited to attend.

The 2013 Senior Class Gift Committee includes Morgan Delaware (overall chair), Kathy Andrusisin (communications chair), Daneale Ashkenazy (marketing chair), Logan Cawley (student relations chair), Andy Pergrin (fundraising chair), Sophia Perri (gift development chair) and Lia Tjotjos (events chair).

Follow up-to-the-minute senior class gift information on Facebook ( or @PSUSeniors on Twitter. For more information on senior class gifts, visit Questions can be directed to Kathy Andrusisin at, or Geoff Hallett at or 814-865-0198.

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Last Updated October 09, 2012