The primary goal for each Senior Class Committee is to raise money for a gift that will be left to the university as a lasting reminder of the class. These funds are raised through personal solicitations of the senior class, fundraising events and social events that help build relationships among the students. The process also helps educate the seniors about the importance of giving back as they begin the transition into alumni status.
The 2012 Senior Class Committee, led by Melissa Nodurft, raised more than $3,500 over the course of their senior year to purchase their class gift of two granite benches. The benches were installed on campus last month in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue on Shilling’s front lawn.
“When the 2012 Senior Class Committee met to decide on a class gift, we knew we wanted to create a visible and functional feature on campus,” Melissa says. “Because of the structural changes planned at the university, many of our ideas could not be approved by Millikin’s facility services department. Not to be discouraged, the group finally had the idea of creating a seating/studying area near one of the students’ favorite meeting places: the Lincoln statue. Facilities services helped the committee conceptualize benches that would fit both the aesthetics of the grounds as well as the red brick for which Millikin is known.
“The money was raised through campus events such as senior nights at LSB and the annual “Wine and Dine” event. Many seniors chose to donate toward the gift, as well.
“The class of 2012 was excited to give back to the institution. Looking toward future homecomings, the benches will serve as a great meeting place for class members returning year after year.”