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Class of 2015 Campaign Surpasses $10,000 Goal

Class of 2015 Campaign
Fatim Sannoh (left) and  Samantha Rochester (right) present
a check for $10,600 to Dr. Rosalie Mirenda.


The Class Campaign is rich in tradition. It started when the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia raised funds to build our Lady of Angels College. Each year, the graduating class campaign committee reaches out to fellow classmates to raise awareness about the importance of giving back to Neumann to continue in the footsteps of the Sisters. By participating in the class campaign, students become active and engaged alumni before even walking across the stage at Commencement.


The Class of 2015 class campaign committee, led by Fatim Sannoh, Monica Robinson, Samantha Rochester, and Rashaan Hale, decided they would set a goal of $10,000 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Neumann. If the class reached the goal, they would have the opportunity to name one of the study rooms in the newly renovated library after the Class of 2015.


On May 12, a mere 4 days away from graduation, the class met their goal and in doing so broke the record for the highest amount raised in a class campaign. A check for $10,600.30 was presented to Dr. Mirenda at Graduation Rehearsal on May 15, and final total raised was $11,261.30.

The class campaign has been one of excellent collaboration and team work,” recalls Fatim. “As a senior representative I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with other seniors in making this campaign the best it can be, and in making this year an enjoyable one for the graduating class. Myself, Sam, Monica, and Rashaan couldn't be more thankful to all those who donated and to those who spread the word in helping us reach our goal. I am extremely thankful to have been part of the campaign and made some great memories in the process.”

Donors who give a gift of $50 or more earn the Neumann University Philanthropy Cord, which is a tradition that was begun by the Class of 2012. The Philanthropy Cord is a blue and gold cord worn at Commencement as a symbol of philanthropic pride. It demonstrates support for Neumann University and the reciprocal commitment between the university and its alumni, and gratitude for one’s educational journey.


Samantha Kotowski, a member of the Class of 2015, embraces the spirit of philanthropy. “The world would truly be a better place if people were selfless. Giving back means not only caring about yourself but also caring about what is done to and for others. The best way to achieve philanthropy is to put needs above wants with everything you do. Philanthropy doesn't have to be a huge commitment or a large sum of money. Giving back could simply mean passing on a small act of kindness that was bestowed upon you.

Monica Robinson and Rashaan Hale both view their involvement on the campaign committee as their own small way to give back to Neumann. “Joining the class campaign was a great way to become involved. In its own way, the class campaign is a way to thank those who supported us” Rashaan says. Monica agrees and believes that “As a senior, a great way for me to give back was through the class campaign.”


Giving to the class campaign represents paying it forward to future generations of Neumann students who will enjoy the resources made possible by the support of groups like donors to the class campaign.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!




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