Roughly a thousand students and others gathered at Stapleton Library commons or on the Punxsutawney Campus to celebrate and say thanks to those who support IUP during the 2015 Philanthropy Day festivities on February 26.
Speakers included President Michael Driscoll (shown fourth from right in the photo with members of the Student Philanthropy Council and Norm), journalism Professor Michele Papakie, and Hannah Simon, an art history and theater major who has benefited from
"It is true that it is better to give than to receive, but when you receive, it's important to say thanks," Driscoll said. "The stronger the university is, the more valuable an IUP degree becomes. Private gifts support that strength."Next
week, the university community will have the chance to make their investment in the IUP experience by participating in the University Family Drive.
Students completed postcards to thank alumni and others who have gave their support to the university in the last year. The postcards will be addressed to donors by the Annual Giving Officeand
mailed in the next few weeks. The Annual Giving Office also conducted a phone campaign during Philanthropy Day, calling donors just to say thanks.
After completing postcards, students were invited to ham it up in front of the camera and to grab a snack, courtesy of Aramark.