CLEMSON — Clemson University students are learning about the importance of private donations during the Week of Gratitude this week. Each day highlights a different facility on campus that exists or was improved due to private giving.

The Student Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Council are giving out promotional items and information about the facilities and the donors who made them possible.

“The Student Alumni Council strives to educate Clemson students on the importance of giving back and being loyal to one’s university,” said Emmy Watt, president of the Student Alumni Association. “This is a great way to educate the student body on the importance of being thankful for the gifts so many generous donors give to Clemson to make our education possible. When you really think about what a high percentage of the outstanding facilities we use on campus would not exist without private gifts, it is truly humbling and makes one truly grateful.”

The tables are set up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Tuesday — Class of 1956 Academic Success Center, built with funds given by members of the Class of 1956
  • Wednesday — Fike Recreation Center/Swann Fitness Center, renovated in 2003 with a gift from Clemson alumnus and trustee Joe Swann and his family
  • Thursday — Hendrix Student Center, built with a gift from alumnus and trustee Bill Hendrix and his family.

To conclude the week, a $75,000 check will be presented by the Student Alumni Council at 11 a.m. Friday on the bridge in front of the R.M. Cooper Library. Of that, $57,968 of will go toward the Student Alumni Council Scholarship Endowment Fund, reflecting the proceeds from the Welcome Back Festival, while the remaining $17,031 will go to support the Student Memorial Chapel, a proposed on-campus building where students of all faiths can come to pray, meditate and remember students who died before their expected graduation dates.

The Student Alumni Council gift is part of The Will to Lead, $1 billion capital campaign to support Clemson students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.

­– Samantha Warren

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