Members of the Tech Loyalty Fund Class of 2011 Committee presented a check for more than $2,000 from the graduating class to the Arkansas Tech Foundation on Thursday afternoon during an end-of-year celebration at the Lake Point Conference Center.
The donation is the result of a year-long effort by the committee to raise awareness among their fellow seniors about the importance of the Tech Loyalty Fund for current and future students. Seniors and graduate degree candidates made the donations as their first gift to Arkansas Tech.
Class Gift Committee member Danielle Jolie recruited the most students to start a tradition of giving back to Tech. She received special recognition at the picnic.
This is the sixth consecutive year that the Arkansas Tech class has made a collective gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation. The class giving program has raised approximately $9,000 for the Tech Foundation.
"This group was willing to go to classmates and make the peer-to-peer connections that result in giving," said Kristin Smith, director of the Arkansas Tech Loyalty Fund. "This program builds every year. Word has gotten out over campus over time, so I have to give a lot of credit for this year's success to every group that came before. This generation of college students is very giving, they want to help others and they are very team-oriented."
Jayne Jones, vice president for development, accepted the donation on behalf of the Arkansas Tech Foundation.
"I challenge you to not miss a year in giving back to Tech," said Jones. "The Tech Loyalty Fund means a great deal to this university. Our students benefit from the Tech Loyalty Fund on a daily basis, and those private dollars give our faculty members the tools they need to help our students succeed."