Charger Spirit on Full Display During Founders/Giving Day
In exceeding its Giving Day fundraising goals, the University offered Chargers a fun and inclusive celebration of Founders Day, marking the 103rd anniversary of its founding. Members of the University community showed their support for students and reflected on the important impact the University has had on their own lives.
May 11, 2023
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
Alexis Smith ’25 was excited to join her fellow Chargers in a celebration that included fun, philanthropy, and food. It was an opportunity for members of the University community to show their support and their Charger Pride – both on campus and online.
The University’s Founders Day and Giving Day event drew many undergraduate and graduate students such as Smith. She’d been looking forward to enjoying the food at the event – including the tasty cookies. Being a part of the festivities celebrating the 103rd anniversary of the University’s founding was a treat as students prepared for finals.
“I like the sense of community that the University fosters with events such as this,” said Smith, a psychology major. “They bring everyone together, and I enjoy that.”
‘The power of education to change lives’
After a Charger Pride breakfast, the official Founders/Giving Day kickoff was held in the Bixler/Gerber Quad. It included remarks from several University and student leaders, as well as a Charger Fight Song performance by members of the University’s cheer and dance teams. The Fire Science Club served up hamburgers and hot dogs, and Chargers gathered to have lunch and enjoy the festivities.
Chargers were later treated to a Charger Pride Festival, which included food trucks and free Italian ice, cookies, and coffee. They also had the opportunity to enter to win prize baskets with Charger swag.
Giving Day brought together members of the University community who showed their support for students. The University surpassed its ambitious goal of 1,000 donors and $100,000 in contributions in 24 hours. This also led to unlocking an additional $50,000 in matches that will help further ignite student success.
“Thanks to the generosity of our community, we are able to provide our students with the best possible education and prepare them for success in the world,” said Brian Otis, vice president for Advancement. “The gifts received on Giving Day will help us to continue to expand our scholarship programs, provide flexibility to respond to student and program needs, and support student-athletes. The many contributions shows the community’s deep commitment to our University and belief in the power of education to change lives.”
“This University gives us so many things – friends who become family, a home away from home, a community,” said Prateek Mansingh ’23 MHA, president of the Graduate Student Council. “I hope everyone reflects on what the University has given them.”
Ana Berns ’24 was thinking about that as she enjoyed the Charger cheer and the treats during the celebration. She says celebrating Founders/Giving Day was meaningful.
“Giving back to the students and to the faculty for all they do is important,” said Berns, a psychology major. “Our professors do so much for us. It’s nice to celebrate together. Being with everyone, having fun and smiling, is great.”