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Five 2018 Class Gift Finalists Unveiled

The 2018 Senior Class Gift Committee unveiled its finalists for the 2018 class gift Sunday morning, giving seniors the chance to vote for the lasting mark of their graduating class.

Normally, the Class Gift Committee would name three gift finalists for seniors to vote on the one final gift they would donate to leave their legacy. But this year’s seniors will actually donate three class gifts from these five choices, as the committee announced over the summer.

Students graduating in May 2018, August 2018, and December 2018 are eligible to vote for their top choice for the class gift. You can vote online here until midnight on Friday, October 13 for one of the following options:

The Textbook and Educational Resources Fund

This has been an option in the past to benefit this program. If you aren’t familiar with it, the fund allows students to take out reserved books for their classes from the library instead of renting or buying them. It’s a noble idea, but it’s only meeting 10 percent of its current need. This gift would increase the availability of both physical copies and electronic books.

Support the Student Veteran’s Center

This proposed gift is planned to give the school’s active, reserve, and retired military students a space of their own in the Ritenour Building, which will undergo renovations.

HUB Alma Mater Display

If this gift is selected, an artist would be commissioned “to create a display inspired by the Alma Mater in the HUB.” There aren’t specifics for what exactly the display would look like, but it wouldn’t be the first class gift to artistically commemorate a signature item of Penn State tradition — like the “We Are” sculpture outside of the IM Building for 2013’s class gift.

World in Conversation Endowment

World in Conversation is a program that allows students to express how different challenges affect our society. The proposed plan for this class gift would be to “create a permanent, annual source of funding for this program to operate and grow indefinitely.”

Student Farm Endowment

The Student Farm, which currently operates on donations alone, would receive an annual source of funding as part of this class gift. This organization aims to use its one-acre vegetable farm to facilitate honest conversation about the need to create sustainability solutions and make environmental changes in the future.

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Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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