MISSOULA – The University of Montana Class of 2014 will join in the tradition of giving a gift back to UM this spring. This year’s seniors will again partner with the UM Farm to College Program to provide a lasting gift to the University and future students.
The Senior Class Gift Committee is raising funds from graduating seniors to purchase a garden wash station for the FTC Program. The station will help grow sustainable agriculture at UM and provide even better produce to students.
The campaign, run by student volunteers and the UM Foundation, is intended to educate students about the importance of philanthropy. The goal is participation, whether it’s $5 or $50, no gift is too small. And the end result – a gift back to campus – is a visual reminder to future seniors about giving back to UM.
“I’m excited to play a role in the Senior Class Gift campaign. I have so much appreciation for what the classes before me have left behind, and I look forward to contributing to the tradition,” said Molly Adamson, Senior Class Gift coordinator.
Adamson has embraced philanthropy as a student at UM, serving as both a student caller and manager of the UM Foundation’s phonathon.
“UM has given me so much during my college career,” Adamson said. “I’m a big believer in giving back and I hope my classmates will join me in doing so.”
The campaign officially launched Feb. 13, and donors have the option of giving $20.14 to receive a campaign T-shirt. Shirts will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 24-28, in the University Center. They also can be received with a donation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the UM Foundation office in Brantly Hall.
The Class of 2014 will be highlighted at the Griz basketball game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Dahlberg Arena. Students wearing the Senior Class Gift shirt will receive a 2014 water bottle and a free drink coupon. T-shirts will be available for purchase during the game at the student entrance.
Previous year’s Senior Class Gifts include solar panels for the FTC Program greenhouse behind the Lommasson Center, the greenhouse itself, a map at the M on Mount Sentinel, benches, trees and bike racks.