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New Student Group: FAM Celebrates National Philanthropy Day
This year, the Development Office created a new student group, “FAM” (Future Alumni Members) that focuses on philanthropy. On November 15th, FAM celebrated National Philanthropy Day (NPD), a day to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy, and those people active in the philanthropic community, have made to our lives, communities, and world. To observe NPD, FAM educated the student body on the importance of philanthropy in society and specifically in relation to Holy Cross College. This was done through email, social media posts, table tents in the MAX and dining hall, and posters across campus.
A warm thank you to all of our many supporters! We could not provide the Holy Cross experience to our students without your generosity!
A Time to Give Thanks
Douglas McKenna graduated in 1999 from Holy Cross College. His educational experience was transformational and helped to transition him into adulthood. His parents, Richard and Lucille McKenna, experienced first-hand how Holy Cross benefited their son and are quite grateful. They appreciate how “Holy Cross is a college where the faculty and administration truly care about the students, and prepare them to embrace a life of success and service.”
Since Douglas graduated from Holy Cross, Richard and Lucille have expressed their belief in the mission of the College by actively supporting the college, with Lucille being an active member of the Board of Trustees since 1999. Recently, the McKennas gave a substantial unrestricted gift to the College as a visible way to demonstrate their confidence in the administrative team. “We felt that an unrestricted donation would give Br. John and the Administration the flexibility to employ the funds in a manner that they believe would be most beneficial.” Fortunately for us, the McKennas understand the importance of giving to the College’s Annual Fund as it is the wellspring for so many essential functions of the College, such as providing financial aid, professional development to our faculty, and supporting our athletics and student programs. “At Holy Cross College, students really matter. We want to share our resources with an organization of value. We know that the funds will be prudently and effectively utilized to further the mission of the college.” We welcome the opportunity to thank Richard and Lucille McKenna for their generosity to our community!
Practical Lessons in Success Wraps Up Wonderfully
The third and final lecture for the fall 2013 Practical Lessons in Success series, was given on November 13th by entrepreneur, Tracy Graham. Growing up as an underprivileged child, Graham knew the meaning of hard work. Through determination and hard work, he was able to receive an athletic scholarship to play football for the University of Notre Dame with coach Lou Holtz. After graduation, seeing how technology could transform our society, Graham started his own business by securing investors. The audience was captivated by Graham’s lessons, which he expressed eloquently and honestly. His major point for the evening was the importance of discipline, determination, and innovation. In summarizing his experience, he boiled it all down to: “skills and education, coupled with opportunity, make success possible.”
Thank you Tracy Graham for providing the Holy Cross community with your personal practical lessons!
Insider Insights: HC Education Department
The Education majors of Holy Cross are preparing to embark on a trip to help make the future of children brighter while putting the skills they learned in the classroom to good use. This January, education professor, Carmen Macharaschwili will lead a group of 10 Education majors for a one week visit to Nicaragua. These students will work with children in a local parish and provide them with the school supplies they need to learn, as well as provide them with basic necessities such as soap, shoes, clothing, etc.
“We would love to be able to distribute items to meet the parish needs when we get there.” Our students want to make the biggest impact they can, but they cannot do it alone. We need the Holy Cross community to help our students give back to the children of the el Realjo parish, the oldest Catholic parish in the Western hemisphere. Please consider supporting their efforts by making a donation to the Education department. Your support will enable our students to give back in a big way.
To make a donation to the education department, please designate the gift to the College’s education department, Nicaragua trip.