Entire University of Arizona Campus Capitalizes from Department of Finance Gift

Oct. 1, 2021


Back in April 2021, when David Laskin ’21 BSBA (Finance) was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, he thought that was reward enough for all his efforts on both the golf course and the University of Arizona campus.

But then some loyal university alumni came forth and further recognized him by donating $200,000 to be split between the Arizona Men’s Golf Team and the Eller College of Management’s Department of Finance.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting such a recognition,” says Laskin. “It’s really cool, and I am grateful to the generosity of these donors [who prefer to remain anonymous] for setting an example of giving back.”

When it came to designating the use of funds for the golf team, Laskin was unambiguous in deciding to support the team’s future facility at the Tucson Country Club and ensuring that alumni such as himself have access to it.

It took a conversation with this father, however, to decide what to do with the money designated for the Eller College.

“I remembered that I’d had to buy the Wall Street Journal for some of my classes, so, in talking with my dad, he suggested figuring out a way to give access to it,” he says. “That made a lot of sense to make it accessible for students.” Laskin also designated a portion of the donation for a keynote speaker event in finance at some point in the future.

An additional conversation with Kathy Kahle, finance department head and the Thomas C. Moses Professor of Finance, resulted in access to the Journal via WSJ.com and the app—including curated career content at students.wsj.com and The Journal podcast—being made available to all students, faculty and staff on the University of Arizona campus.

“This is an investment both David and Eller’s Department of Finance are thrilled to make for all UArizona students,” says Kahle.

Current University of Arizona students, faculty and staff can learn how to take advantage of the access here: WSJ.com/UArizona.

“This is a great way for students to stay informed and up-to-date about what’s going on in the world,” says Laskin, “and it’s also a great way for me to start my own tradition of giving back.”

More Details on Eller’s Department of Finance Partnership with WSJ

Students, faculty and staff at University of Arizona can activate their complimentary memberships by visiting WSJ.com/UArizona. Those who currently pay for an existing WSJ membership may call 1-800-JOURNAL and mention they are switching to their school-sponsored membership. Partial refunds will be dispersed.

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