Beyond the Classroom : Eller Seniors Give Back
By Serida Fong, BSBA Marketing '09
The Eller College Student Council promotes College-wide initiatives to enhance the student experience at Eller, including the revamped Senior Class Gift
Eller students may have noticed an increase in the number of tables and chairs around McClelland Hall. “I did a double take. They are nice and modern,” says first-year MBA Jeff Child.
Child is referring to the three brand-new round tables outside the Hoffman E-Commerce Lab. Each table accommodates four chairs and receives ample natural sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows. A framed note on the nearby windowsill reads, “Have a seat. Tables and chairs in this area donated by Eller College Student Council, Spring 2009.”
The Eller College Student Council is comprised of 40 members who act as student liaisons between undergraduate students and Eller administration. Each year the council donates a gift to the College that will directly benefit the students.
“The student voice that we were hearing indicated a need for more tables,” says Eller College student council president Ami Doshi (BSBA Business Management ’09).
Along with the idea of giving back through the study space, the council revamped another initiative, the Senior Class Gift, which encourages students to make a one-time $50 donation to the College.
Proceeds from the gift will go towards more areas for groups to work, and any money exceeding the goal will be put into an endowment fund from which differential fee scholarships will be awarded. Also, students who donate will be given the opportunity to place their names on tiles that will be placed in the Broekema Plaza.
“With a $50 donation the senior class can give a sizeable gift, and the tiles allow students to leave their legacy,” says Senior Class Gift Committee Chair Jane Kim (BSBA Business Management ’09).
Previous gifts modified third floor restrooms to include private changing space — enabling students to change into professional attire on interview and presentation days.
Despite trying economic times, the committee has set a goal of $3,750 which, if met, will be matched by the College. “A challenge we face is that seniors want to do donate; but with the economy, it is difficult,” says Kim.
As the class of 2009 approaches graduation, students can’t help but reminisce about their Eller experience. “The Senior Class Gift is our way of motivating the students to say 'Thank you!' to the College,” says Doshi.