by Kate Dalebroux, HDFS major, Class of 2015
During Badger Pride Month, Student Campaign Representatives for the Look Forward student philanthropy campaign have been organizing fun activities to help students understand the importance of giving back to the university. It is a time when we motivate students to contribute the way our alumni have to continue to uphold our topnotch faculty, scholarships, student services and more. The type of support that we have had in the past is the reason why UW-Madison is what it is today, and it is through continued support that we can maintain, and hopefully improve, these standards.
“Thank A Badger Day” was the first event for Badger Pride Month. It was a great time to get together in SoHE’s Robin’s Nest Cafe and thank alumni for their support. Students wrote a thank you note or two, and received a free coffee for their efforts! The thank you notes let alumni know that their contribution of $100 or less is important to us. Even if they did not think it was a large amount, it still made a difference. It is very well-known that students and coffee go very well together, so we thought the incentive would make the event quite successful.
Many students wrote about a fond memory of being a student at Wisconsin, a description about why they chose their major, or just a simple thank you for the alum’s contribution. It’s the thought that counts, right? I know I would appreciate a handwritten letter thanking me from my alma mater, especially when I don’t get many hand written letters in the mail at all anymore.
I helped run the event in the School of Human Ecology, where students were creative with their words and more descriptive about what they were thankful for. At the School of Engineering, one student wrote how he had bad handwriting and couldn’t spell so he used the scapegoat of being an engineer to make up for his shortcomings and drew a picture of Bucky instead. Depending on the school the student was a part of, the notes showed different character and strengths, and reflected different UW-Madison experiences, making the activity more entertaining and fun.
In the end, over 2,500 thank you cards were written, and more notes are still coming in! The day was, overall, a big success. The event grew larger from last year, and hopefully in the future it will only progress further.
Heads up! There will be future events for Seniors to make their own pledges in honor of current and future students, so be on the lookout for more fun stuff happening in the building. Events will occur on the following dates:
April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 6.