by SFCToday Staff
St. Francis College, known for its generosity, has launched the Terrier Undergraduate Giving Society (TUG).
Assistant Director for Annual Giving, Ben Ciesinski, said that “the students of St. Francis College amaze me every day.”
According to Ben, conversations from one Terrier to the next have shown the vast diversity of student-life – diversity being defined in every sense of the word.
“Representative of Brooklyn, New York City, and our global community, students have extraordinarily interesting stories.
“Some tales show the strength of human character overcoming difficulty, some have middle-class, seemingly average upbringings (until you learn about the Big Dreams and wild ambitions of the storyteller) and many others are still in the making, taking it all in, making connections, choosing the life they want to live,” Ben said.
One commonality Ben noticed was that: “regardless of the many different backgrounds, the Franciscan value of giving back is ever-present.
“Having worked with the community and other student leaders across campus, our Terriers all give back in one way or another.
“A tremendous amount have regular, long-standing volunteer commitments, as we say in the Advancement Office – time, talent and treasure. When speaking of the treasure, we only ever ask for participation.
“Students are here for one reason, and that is to obtain the best education possible. We understand that College is not inexpensive, but the purpose of participation-centric giving at the student level is to create the habit or culture of giving.”
“Alumni give and hope that the Terriers who follow them will follow their example and establish routine giving yearly. Again, that is based on whatever one feels comfortable doing, based on the very personal choice that is a gift,” Ben said.
“There are a million and one reasons why it’s important for alumni to give back to their alma maters, which any Advancement professional is happy to share with you should you wish to wander up to our office on the 8th floor.”
Ben said that TUG is special because “it celebrates our students who give a gift for two-sequential years.”
When gifts are made for 2 or more consecutive years, “you are then welcomedinto the 1859 Society – those who support the College for five or more years annually – celebrated at intervals of 5, 10, and 15+ years”
“For those who are already a part of TUG or would like to be, any students who qualify by June 30th of this year will received a welcome letter and pin in July.”
Additionally, SFC Todayhas agreed to run the first list of TUG members in the Fall 2019 printed edition.
“All of us in Advancement Office are excited when our community participates, and we want to share the pride we feel with all of you.”
If you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas about Terrier Undergraduate Giving, please feel free to email, call, or stop by the Advancement Office.
“Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and the constant inspiration that you provide all of us. We wish you all the best as you wrap-up the semester.”