Proposals invited from University community for 2013 senior class gift

August 13, 2012

Penn State’s Senior Class Gift Committee invites any member of the University community to submit proposals for the 2013 class gift.

To submit a proposal, visit and follow the proposal instructions. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Sept. 14. Questions can be directed to Geoff Hallett, senior class gift adviser, at 814-865-0198 or

A volunteer committee of students, faculty, and staff will review all proposals and establish a ballot of three potential gifts. In October, seniors will be asked to vote for their choice.

The class gift is an opportunity for the Class of 2013 to leave its mark on Penn State for future generations. The tradition began when the graduates of 1861, at their reunion in 1890, gave the University a portrait of its first president, Evan Pugh, which still hangs in the lobby of Old Main.

“The tradition of senior class gifts is one that has stood for 122 years,” said 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 will hopefully encourage a lifetime of giving to Penn State, a University that was founded on gifts of philanthropy.”

Delaware explained that gifts can add something new to campus or can help to improve or endow existing gifts. In the past, class gifts have often created or restored physical displays on campus, such as the Old Main Bell, the Nittany Lion Shrine, and the future Penn State Veterans Plaza that will commemorate the service of alumni veterans. In addition, previous classes have chosen to create or add to such gifts as undergraduate scholarships and library book funds.

“At a time in our University’s history where our legacy is being challenged,” Delaware said, “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. We welcome any and all suggestions to help us make the best possible choice for our class gift.”

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Last Updated August 21, 2012