Senior Gift Campaign Attracts Record Participation

Senior Gift Campaign Fundraisers: Alessandra Demmons of Haas Alumni Relations; Lucky Sandhu BS 96; Roschelle Lowe, Caleb Kenney, Lauren Closson, and Rosemary Hua, all BS 14; Steve Etter, BS 83, MBA 89; Michelle Kaliski, Shubhit Noor, and Jackie Zhou, all BS 14; Debby Budiman, BS 15; Evan Santiago, BS 14; and Tim Carlson, BS 63.
The annual Senior Gift Campaign set new records this year in overall participation, helping to raise a total of $44,123.01 for Berkeley-Haas.

A committee led by campaign President Roschelle Lowe, VP of Logistics Jackie Zhou, and VP of Marketing Shubhit Noor achieved 57 percent participation, surpassing its 55 percent goal and last year’s 53 percent participation.

The campaign drew donations and pledge from 179 seniors, 24 juniors, one sophomore who will begin studies at Haas next year, and two professors, bringing the total raised by individual donors to $9,018.13. The total donated by seniors climbed 12 percent from last year, and the amount donated by juniors jumped even more–41 percent.

A 3:1 “Beyond Yourself Challenge Match” by a group of undergraduate alumni raised an additional $27,250 for the Senior Gift Campaign. The alumni in that group, who committed to the match for three years, are Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82; Haas Lecturer Steve Etter, BS 83, MBA 89; Tim Carlson, BS 63; Brad Howard, BS 79; Tara Kramlich, BS 03; Kathryn O’Connor , BS 98; Lucky Sandhu, BS 96; and Kinman Tong, BS 03. The Haas Development and Alumni Relations Office is seeking additional alumni to participate in the future.

In addition to the “Beyond Yourself Challenge Match,” a university-wide 1:1 match of senior gifts contributed $7,854.88 to the Senior Gift Campaign.

To acknowledge donors, Haas hosted a Senior Sendoff Party with the theme “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” the name of a well-loved Dr. Seuss book. The campaign committee [UF1] presented a check to Etter because Dean Lyons was out of town. Since then, even more donations have been received.

“You’ve done so much work to get us here,” Dean Lyons told the students via video at the sendoff party. After urging students to continue leaning into the school as alumni after they graduate, Lyons left them with a few parting thoughts from Dr. Seuss:

“Congratulations, today is your day.
You’re off to great places, you’re off and away.
You have brains in your heads, you have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own and you know what you know.
And you are the guide who will decide where to go. …
And will you succeed? Yes, you will succeed.
98 and three-quarters percent guaranteed.
Kid, you will move mountains …
You’re off to great places, today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”