University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., hosts a series of dinners with select members of the senior class. Guests have the opportunity to meet and speak with the President and also hear from fellow seniors—even before they graduate—about why they give back to the University. Alumni are also invited to share their Fairfield experiences and the many ways they stay connected to the University community. Alumni guests this year included Kevin Shea ’87, Patrick Skuret ’01, and Steven Tyburski ’06.
Senior Class speakers this year have included Megan Protas ’12, Liz Downey ’12, and Joseph Perkowski ’12—all of whom are members of the Senior Class Gift Committee. Their goal is to create a culture of giving back before the students leave campus. Last year, 15 percent of the Senior Class made a gift and this year the number is expected to approach 25 percent!
Joseph Perkowski, an economics major who came to Fairfield as a transfer student, recalled that from the minute he stepped on campus he found himself “fostering friendships, enlisting in activities, and challenging himself academically,” making the most of his time here.
Joseph recently made his first gift to The Fairfield Fund. It wasn’t the amount of his gift that mattered, but his participation. “I owe Fairfield more than I could ever repay,” he said. “Fairfield offered me the appreciation, confidence, and happiness that I would have never received at another institution. It was the people—the students, the faculty, the administration, the alumni. It was and always will be the people that make this school so great.”
Steven Tyburski ’06 spoke about Fairfield’s strong alumni network. “When you turn that tassel and walk off campus as a graduate of Fairfield University, you take with you incredible memories, lifelong friendships, and an alumni network that has so much potential,” he said. Steven works at Altus Power Management LLC, a clean energy hedge fund in Old Greenwich, Conn., and served on his 5th Reunion Committee last year. “I give back because a yearly donation is a great way to recognize everything that Fairfield offers its graduates.”
Join with these future Fairfield graduates, and be part of the tradition of giving back! Make your gift to The Fairfield Fund today.
View “What I Learned at Fairfield”, a YouTube video created by the Class of 2012 Senior Class Gift Committee.
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