By Nicole Taylor – 1851 Staff
On Friday, February 3, eight randomly selected commuters received an email from Rebecca DeLuca in the Alumni Relations Office about the Senior Week Lottery gift. An anonymous family of a student from the class of 2016 donated eight awards ranging from $75 to $225 to help selected commuters commemorate their time at Lasell.
Senior Week begins after the last final exam on Tuesday, May 9 and will run through Friday, May 12. The week is filled with different events and outings to places like Dave and Buster’s, Lansdowne Pub, and Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort. It is designed to congratulate the graduating seniors each year.
“We asked that our gift be directed to commuters specifically to further support the College’s initiatives involving commuters in on-campus life, such as hiring the Coordinator of Off-Campus Living and Commuter Student Services,” said the anonymous donor.
Several Lasell community members were involved in the process of the lottery gift. Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin and Director of Student Activities and Orientation Jenny Granger played a role as well as Dean Hickey, the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.
“Hopefully this will inspire all of our students and others to think about ways that they can support the community,” said Hickey in a phone interview on Thursday, January 26.
“Last year alone there were more than 2,000 alumni, parents, foundations, friends, faculty and staff who made a donation,” said Leadership Gift Officer, Rebecca Brenner. “I think this donation from [the anonymous family] is a symbol of the Lasell community that there are people who are behind you and want you to be successful as well as help when you need it. The donor knows that it can be hard for students to afford senior week and wanted to make it more accessible.”
The family has a passion for supporting the commuter community and learning about the recent successes of Lasell. “We were delighted to read about the revitalization of the Commuters Club in a recent 1851 Chronicle article and we continue to have an online subscription,” said the anonymous donor. “We also donated to the Lasell Parents Fund each year our son was at Lasell and we continue to care very much about the Lasell community, which we still consider ourselves a part of.”
The eight commuters who were chosen will either be credited the sum of awarded money if they already paid for Senior Week or they can use the sum of awarded money to help them better afford Senior Week. The community members and family involved were anxious to award the gifts.
“I think that the students who [were] selected will remember this and want to give back to the college,” said Brenner.