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MSU to hold programs in support of Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month

Morehead State University Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) will join nearly 100 educational institutions worldwide Feb. 20-24, to participate in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month. The initiative, organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE,) is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses. CASE has sponsored this initiative annually since 2013.

Programs will include Tag Day where students will be able to find various signs throughout campus detailing how private giving is making a difference on campus. SAA also will host a thank you note writing event, 1,000 Thanks, where students will be encouraged to write a thank you note to an alumni donor. Each student who writes a thank you note will receive a chocolate chip cookie with a portion missing to demonstrate that our University would not be whole without private donations. The week will finish with a social media campaign recapping all the initiatives that took place to educate MSU on the importance of giving.

“It’s important that students understand the impact private gifts have on our campus,” said Allison Caudill, assistant director, alumni relations and development. “SAA members are interested in learning more about how and why alumni and friends give back. Part of their mission is to articulate this to their peers. We hope this education will encourage students to start taking steps to become the next group of philanthropic leaders.”

CASE provides programming, services and resources in advancement, including fundraising and alumni relations, for students and advisers at student alumni associations, student foundations and similar organizations at colleges and universities that are members of CASE’s Affiliated Student Advancement Programs.

Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month is part of CASE’s goal to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement—including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing.

SAA is a group of 30 dedicated MSU students who represent the University and serve as a link between current students and Alumni. SAA members serve as the official host group of the University and the Alumni Association. SAA members are active in the promoting Morehead State University. SAA takes an active role in major events at MSU, including: Homecoming, Celebration, the Annual Spring Gala and Alumni Reunions.

Additional information is available by contacting Caudill at 606-783-2033.