Donors came and spoke about their experiences while they mingled with students and other donors to the school. Lizzy Thornton, a ‘09 alumna, and Brian Lefler, a parent of a Michigan State University student, came to speak about why they donate.
Many students came to the KC living room to listen to the speakers while enjoying free food and giveaways. They seemed to also have a genuine interest in the event and the meaning it held.
“I was interested in seeing what it was all about,” said Lindsay Weiss, Allen Park first-year. “I think it was a very nice presentation, and people seemed to be enjoying themselves.”
Some other students were there to learn, as well as to have a good time.
“I think Tuition-Free Day is a great way to connect on campus, and get to more about the 80 per cent, 20 per cent idea,” said Lindsay Ciastko, Hamond, Ind. first-year.
The Tuition-Free Day experience made students think about what happens with money at the college.
“It was something I didn’t really think about,” Weiss said. “How much money comes from donors, and I think it’s important to be aware about the impact of their donation.”
Emily Webb, White Lake senior, interns for the Annual Giving Department. She helped plan and run the event.
“I was very proud of how it went,” Webb said. “I got a lot of good feedback. I think people took the message home.”
At the event, shirts and cups were given away with the message about donating to the college after graduation.
“The message is staying, now, throughout the year. It reminds people that donating is important,” Webb said.
The department plans on making Tuition-Free Day an annual event.
Photo by Ben Iwen, staff photographer