The Senior Class Gift Council held a gala 14 on The Green event to encourage giving by members of the Class of 2014.

$20.14 for 2014

University of Delaware seniors make 2014 class gifts

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10:15 a.m., May 2, 2014--Some students stopped by for the cotton candy. Others for the T-shirt. 

And then there were seniors like Alexis Miller who happily grabbed both, but not without giving something in return. 

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Miller, a senior communications major from Havertown, Pennsylvania, was one of dozens of students who made contributions to the University through the inaugural 14 on The Green.

The event, conceived of and created by members of the Senior Class Gift Council, promoted the Class of 2014’s senior class gift campaign. 

Taking place on the North Green on April 28, the focal point of the event was a large “14,” made up of 1,000 yellow yard flags. To complement the ’14, a DJ played music while students answered UD trivia, ate cotton candy and picked up T-shirts, water bottles and other Class of 2014 swag.

Miller, who called her four years here “the best part of my life,” made a gift of $20.14 in honor of her class year. 

As did Sean McDaniel, a computer sciences major from Wilmington, who will spend the summer working in a national research laboratory to test ways of making super computers even faster. He graduates this spring and plans to apply to the University’s Ph.D. program. 

“I’ve received so many incredible opportunities,” McDaniel said, citing his faculty mentors and his fully-funded summer fellowship as two such examples. “I definitely feel I owe it to UD when I think about all I’ve gotten out of my time here.”

The Senior Class Gift campaign seeks to raise $20,000 from 30 percent of the graduating class. Gifts of any size are welcome and can be directed to more than 2,000 different campus-wide initiatives.

Gifts can be made online, and seniors are encouraged to visit www.udel.edu/seniors for more information.

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