Southwestern seniors were invited to come to the new bar for happy hour and were even treated to a free drink. Janet Del Real, a member of the Senior Giving Council, said that this is one in a long line of events that have been used to encourage SU seniors to donate to their soon-to-be alma mater.
“100 Days to Graduation was the Senior Giving Council’s idea to kickoff the countdown to graduation and start celebrating our last semester at Southwestern. The Senior Giving Council, itself has been hosting Happy Hours, Tower Days and Senior Dinner for several years and exists to encourage SU Seniors to donate and give back,” Del Real said.
While there are only about three months left for those attending, many were optimistic about that time.
“I want to do everything that I haven’t done. Try Elgin sausage, go to Mighty Fine – mainly food related things,” senior Alex Caple said. “I also want to tour the court house.”
In addition to the free drinks, the event featured snack foods and a local pianist who played songs that ranged from “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to “Poker Face.”
“The event itself went great! We had about 60 seniors attend, a great number for our first event. From what I heard from those that did attend, people enjoyed the time they got to spend with their fellow classmates,” Del Real said.
“Hosting a Happy Hours is our way to encourage Southwestern seniors to give back to SU. We hope that at some point before graduation all seniors will open their wallets and contribute $20.10 (our graduation year) to a scholarship for a first-year student. Donations can be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone who the senior wishes to thank or acknowledge. Many students take the opportunity to thank a professor who has impacted them or their parents and all donations are printed in the commencement program,” Del Real said.
While this is the first, it won’t be the last opportunity that SU seniors have to donate to the scholarship fund.
“Our next senior event is Tower Days, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors who have donated a minimum of $5 get to sign the Cullen Tower and leave their mark on Southwestern,” Del Real said.