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.”

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