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Seniors raise money for commemorative gift

May 12, 2009

Taylor Smoot and Mekana Barnes, graduating seniors, are co-chairs of the Senior Class Gift - a clock to be built as a lasting addition to the Lory Student Center Plaza.

Taylor Smoot, 2008-2009 ASCSU president, and Mekana Barnes, Ram volleyball stand-out, were selected as this year's senior class gift co-chairs.

To commemorate the class of 2009, they're raising money for a free standing clock to be built on the Lory Student Center Plaza.

Student involvement

“We seniors were involved in the entire process,” explained Barnes. “I’m excited to see the clock go up, and I hope the rest of the senior class will contribute to the project because it’s our legacy…it’s what we leave behind.”

Donations are still being accepted, but so far it is the most a senior class has ever raised.

The last four years, the graduating classes have planted a commemorative tree in the student grove, near the Vietnam War Memorial Bridge.

Gift sets powerful example

“This project offers seniors, their parents, and friends a wonderful opportunity to commemorate the graduation accomplishments of our graduates, leave a lasting legacy for the class of 2009, and sets a powerful example to undergraduate students about the importance of philanthropic giving,” said Joyce Berry, vice president for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives. “I can’t wait to see that beautiful new clock on the Plaza, dedicated to the Class of 2009!”

Donations can be made online

Donations can be made on behalf of, in memory of, or in honor of someone. Seniors are asked to consider giving $20.09, in honor of their graduation year.

The exact clock design and location on the Plaza have yet to be decided.