SMC gift campaign begins

first_imgThe Class Gift Campaign (CGC), a student effort led in conjunction with the Office of Annual Giving, organized the Week. Shelby Herms, Class of 2013 CGC representative, said students’ donations to the Annual Fund go to their class’s CCG account and immediately impact the lives of Saint Mary’s women. “Your gifts accumulate over four years so that you can make a lasting and memorable gift to Saint Mary’s at graduation,” Herms said. “The Class of 2012 donated to the renovation of Angela Athletic facilities, which is one of the options for this year’s gift, as well as a scholarship in our class’s name.” CGC will host a table in the Spes Unica Atrium to collect gifts every morning this week from 9 a.m. to noon, Herms said. The group will sell mugs that say ‘Once a Belle, Always a Belle’ at the CGC table in the Student Center Atrium today through Friday. Tag Week BINGO will be in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall on Thursday at dinner. While gifts of all amounts are welcomed, Herms said the CGC is pushing for Tribute Gifts of $20.13 in honor of the graduating class. A Tribute Gift is a donation from a student that honors someone who helped with her Saint Mary’s education. Each tribute will be published in the Commencement edition of The Observer and the honoree will be notified by email, Herms said. “I think that [the] Class Gift Campaign is great because it allows us to recognize the gifts of past Belles by giving back to the College like they did,” Herms said. “I never realized just how much it takes to make the Saint Mary’s experience possible.” Junior Maddy Martin, Class of 2014 CGC representative, said she knows how important Tag Week is this year because of the College’s recent Capital Campaign launch to raise funds. “We are really pushing each class to give to their class gift in order to reach our goal dollar amount,” Martin said. “In regards to actual class gifts, the senior class votes at the end of their senior year where they want the gift to go to,” Martin said past classes have donated to the Spes Unica building and the restoration of the Sister Madeleva painting. The Class of 2012’s gift of more than  $20,000 was the largest class gift to date, she said. “I don’t think students realize how much it costs to keep this school running,” Martin said.  “We take for granted electricity and water bills because they are always taken care of for us. It is important for students to have this realization of just how much the College spends to keep us on campus because they are more likely to give back to the school.” Junior Lauren Bruner, Class of 2014 CGC co-chair, said although asking students for money is difficult, it is important to give back to the College. “Many students, including myself, would not be here without scholarships, which shows how vital donations are,” Bruner said. “It’s rewarding to be able to give back to the College and see your gift on campus.” Junior Jillian Fata said it is important for students to recognize the changes the College can make through the campaign.  Past gifts have gone to big project, but they have also gone directly to scholarships, meaning that a future Belle can have the same opportunities that we are fortunate enough to have every day,” Fata said. Class giving is a  important part of being a student as well as an alumna, Herms said. Last year, 7,450 alumnae and friends of the College made a gift to help with the College’s expenses. Twenty percent of the College’s budget is a result of this support, Herms said. “They contributed $10.5 million in gifts to support all aspects of our education – touching every corner of campus, from building new building), to installing wireless internet, to providing toilet paper and hand soap in our bathrooms,” Herms said. We need the help to continue providing the Saint Mary’s experience, and making a gift is a way to say thank you to all of the alumnae who have made your education possible!”,Monday marked the beginning of Saint Mary’s annual Tag Week, which aims to inform students about the costs of running the College and the importance of donations to the school. The Class Gift Campaign (CGC), a student effort led in conjunction with the Office of Annual Giving, organized the Week. Shelby Herms, Class of 2013 CGC representative, said students’ donations to the Annual Fund go to their class’s CCG account and immediately impact the lives of Saint Mary’s women. “Your gifts accumulate over four years so that you can make a lasting and memorable gift to Saint Mary’s at graduation,” Herms said. “The Class of 2012 donated to the renovation of Angela Athletic facilities, which is one of the options for this year’s gift, as well as a scholarship in our class’s name.” CGC will host a table in the Spes Unica Atrium to collect gifts every morning this week from 9 a.m. to noon, Herms said. The group will sell mugs that say ‘Once a Belle, Always a Belle’ at the CGC table in the Student Center Atrium today through Friday. Tag Week BINGO will be in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall on Thursday at dinner. While gifts of all amounts are welcomed, Herms said the CGC is pushing for Tribute Gifts of $20.13 in honor of the graduating class. A Tribute Gift is a donation from a student that honors someone who helped with her Saint Mary’s education. Each tribute will be published in the Commencement edition of The Observer and the honoree will be notified by email, Herms said. “I think that [the] Class Gift Campaign is great because it allows us to recognize the gifts of past Belles by giving back to the College like they did,” Herms said. “I never realized just how much it takes to make the Saint Mary’s experience possible.” Junior Maddy Martin, Class of 2014 CGC representative, said she knows how important Tag Week is this year because of the College’s recent Capital Campaign launch to raise funds. “We are really pushing each class to give to their class gift in order to reach our goal dollar amount,” Martin said. “In regards to actual class gifts, the senior class votes at the end of their senior year where they want the gift to go to,” Martin said past classes have donated to the Spes Unica building and the restoration of the Sister Madeleva painting. The Class of 2012’s gift of more than  $20,000 was the largest class gift to date, she said. “I don’t think students realize how much it costs to keep this school running,” Martin said.  “We take for granted electricity and water bills because they are always taken care of for us. It is important for students to have this realization of just how much the College spends to keep us on campus because they are more likely to give back to the school.” Junior Lauren Bruner, Class of 2014 CGC co-chair, said although asking students for money is difficult, it is important to give back to the College. “Many students, including myself, would not be here without scholarships, which shows how vital donations are,” Bruner said. “It’s rewarding to be able to give back to the College and see your gift on campus.” Junior Jillian Fata said it is important for students to recognize the changes the College can make through the campaign.  Past gifts have gone to big project, but they have also gone directly to scholarships, meaning that a future Belle can have the same opportunities that we are fortunate enough to have every day,” Fata said. Class giving is a  important part of being a student as well as an alumna, Herms said. Last year, 7,450 alumnae and friends of the College made a gift to help with the College’s expenses. Twenty percent of the College’s budget is a result of this support, Herms said. “They contributed $10.5 million in gifts to support all aspects of our education – touching every corner of campus, from building new building), to installing wireless internet, to providing toilet paper and hand soap in our bathrooms,” Herms said. We need the help to continue providing the Saint Mary’s experience, and making a gift is a way to say thank you to all of the alumnae who have made your education possible!”last_img read more

Talent worthy of consideration

first_imgIf the University of Florida suddenly and inexplicably disbanded its men’s basketball program tomorrow, the Gators’ hoops team would probably still be considered a favorite to repeat as national champions.Similar statements could be made about most of the teams currently residing in the top 10, and most strongly about Wisconsin, Ohio State and North Carolina.As is the case most seasons, teams currently ranked outside of the top 10 aren’t being given much of a chance to win a national title. And, while it’s more likely that Florida and its five returning starters will repeat as national champs than say, No. 17 Air Force wins its first championship, it’s important to remember that at this time a year ago, the Gators were sitting at No. 12 in the AP poll. Though not every season crowns a national champion team that wasn’t considered a favorite all season long, it certainly isn’t a rarity to see a dark horse make a run at the championship. Along with the Gators, none of last season’s Final Four teams were ranked in the top 10 at this time last year, and three seasons ago it was Stanford and St. Joseph’s, not eventual winner UConn, that were getting all the attention.So, of this season’s group of teams currently ranked outside the top 10, who might we see make a break for it come NCAA tournament time?In picking a dark horse team, it’s important to first identify teams that include one or more key aspects that are vital to surprise success in the big dance.An elite player is a must for any team that wants to be successful. Having a star player who can carry the team on his back is a huge advantage when facing an elimination game.The team must have played a somewhat difficult schedule, ensuring that it is battle-tested when it comes time for the tournament. Teams coming off a year of playing junior varsity-caliber squads — that means you, Memphis — aren’t as ready to handle tough opponents as a team that plays in a loaded conference.A coach with prior experience in big games also comes in handy. There’s nothing more comforting than having a coach on the sidelines who has been there before and knows what needs to be done in the most important games of the season.Lastly, the ability to hit 3-pointers can keep any team in an NCAA tournament game. A sharp shooter catching fire can spell death for opposing teams regardless of how good they are; there’s just no stopping a team that can bury the deep ball.Those qualities already stated, here are five teams not currently ranked in the top 10 that possess one or more of those attributes and has the potential to become this year’s Florida.MarquetteThis team could make the same kind of run that the Dwayne Wade-led Eagles did in the 2003 tournament, going all the way to the Final Four. Tom Crean was on the sidelines for that team as well and with Dominic James leading this year’s squad another run in March wouldn’t be surprising. Coming from the Big East, the Golden Eagles have played in their share of hostile environments and against physical teams, so they’ll be ready for whatever the seeding committee may put before them.OregonNo team has been as up and down this season as the Ducks, who after climbing to sixth in the polls have now lost four of their last six games. But, Aaron Brooks is one of the most dangerous players in the country and if teams focus too much on him, Oregon has four other players averaging double figures in points that can step up. With the ability to hit the 3 as well as score inside, Oregon figures to create matchup problems regardless of who their opponent is.DukeHas Duke really fallen enough in the past couple of weeks to be considered a dark horse? Apparently the Blue Devils and their recent five-game conference losing streak have. Still though, there’s no doubt Coach K’s success in the tournament and Duke still caries that larger than life aura. Talented and tested in ACC play, Duke has more than just its name to edge opponents. If Josh McRoberts and Greg Paulus can ever get their games going at the same time, the Blue Devils can play with — and beat — any team in the country. But that’s a big “if.”Southern IllinoisSouthern Illinois has virtually become synonymous with the terms “Cinderella” and “dark horse” in the past decade, but this season they really do have a chance to do something special. The rest of the Missouri Valley has finally caught up to them, meaning the Salukis will have played their share of tough games by the end of the season, and defensively there aren’t a lot of teams as tough as them. Watching Southern Illinois advance to the Sweet 16 might not seem so impressive anymore, but this team might finally be ready to make the jump to the Final Four.TexasCarmelo Anthony made it pretty clear in 2002 what can happen when a dominant freshman scorer gets hot in the NCAA tournament. All the Longhorns need to do is give Kevin Durant an NCAA tournament and the super-talented freshman can take care of the rest. Also like Syracuse, Texas trusts a freshman, D.J. Augustin, to run the point, a task he does very well. With A.J. Abrams camped outside the 3-point line waiting for teams to double Durant, there are plenty of ways for opponents to fall to Texas. No team in the country would feel comfortable with the idea of playing the nation’s best scorer, and for that matter, player, with its tournament life at stake.last_img read more