Stag Pride Day Brings Out the Philanthropy in Students
Fairfield’s second annual “Stag Pride Day” last Thursday, February 27, encouraged a spirit of giving back in students across the Fairfield campus—and across more than 100 other campuses worldwide. Signs dotted the campus, promoting the importance of giving back and offering facts such as: “Tuition covers 85% of Fairfield University’s operating budget. The rest comes from donations from alumni, parents, friends, and students like you!”
Co-sponsored by the Student Alumni Association and Stags Give Back as part of a global initiative to promote student engagement and philanthropy from the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education, the event was a big success, according to Colleen McGinn, director of young alumni and student engagement, and Kimberly LoPiano ’04, director of young alumni and student philanthropy. McGinn and LoPiano advise the two student organizations.
Encouraged by incentives of pride-building Fairfield “swag” (Stag antler socks, Fairfield-colored Pura Vida bracelets, “Stags Up!” koozies, and more), more than 100 students from all classes made donations in support of the 2014 Senior Class Gift. They could designate their contribution to a scholarship for a rising senior or the new Revolving Green Fund for sustainable campus projects. Almost $1,000 was raised—a new record for a one-day student philanthropy event.
Just important was the awareness raised among students that donations from Fairfield alumni support the University in a multitude of ways, and that “giving back” happens every day through donations of time and talent—not just dollars.
To thank alumni for their support, a huge banner proclaiming “Once A Stag, Always A Stag” was signed by nearly 300 students as a thank-you to the Stags who came before them. It will be hung during Reunion Weekend in June to show Fairfield alumni how much their efforts to “pay it forward” mean to our current students.
Twitter and Instagram also exploded throughout the day with the hashtag #ILoveFairfield – all sent by current students and alumni proclaiming why they love Fairfield and being a Stag:
@Taylor_R16: #ILoveFairfield because it has given me the absolute greatest friends and has allowed me to show the world my true colors #StagPride
@203Luigi: #ILoveFairfield A league of students to be proud of and 4 years that have changed me forever @FairfieldSAA @StagsGiveBack
@boundyhunterr: #ILoveFairfield because they have allowed me to grow and have an enriching college experience! Thanks, @FairfieldU
@votrecheriamour: I miss the quad in the summer! #ILoveFairfield @StagsAlumni
@jrindos: @StagsAlumni #ilovefairfieldbecause of the friendships built and times spent at the beach
“We were really thrilled to see so many students participate and show their pride for Fairfield. And to know that students were the ones educating their peers on the importance of giving back makes it even better,” said McGinn.
LoPiano agreed. “The students themselves helped show that giving back is important, and that each one of them can be and is a huge part of why future students will have the same amazing experiences they are having right now.”