SPH triples last year's donation totals on 2017 Giving Day
It’s not every day you see two School of Public Health deans and three staff members dressed as apples and doing a dance number in the front lobby. Then again, Wednesday was no ordinary day. It was Giving Day, the biggest university-wide day of philanthropy all year. Thanks to generous donors who put up matching grants and the, er, apple-cheeked enthusiasm of faculty and staff, the school raised over $27,000 for student programs and scholarships. That’s roughly triple what was earned last year.
Giving Day is an opportunity to engage all members of the School of Public Health community—alumni, faculty, staff, students and their families—and emphasize the importance of giving to support our collective success. Unfortunately, too many students have unmet financial need, and this is one way to fill in some gaps.
In previous years Giving Day funds have provided scholarship support, including emergency funds for students that allowed them to stay in school in spite of a financial crisis, as well as help offset costs for our students to work on global health initiatives with Public Health Without Borders.
This year, thanks to the generosity of our community, the School of Public Health will be able to more than double the number of students it can support through scholarships and fellowships.
For their whimsical efforts, the SPH Apple Brigade (who roamed the school giving out apples and “worked out” in the gym) captured the university-wide faculty-staff photo challenge, snagging an extra $250 for the school.
Interim Director of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Stephen Roth was one of the SPH apples. He says it was “absolutely worth it” to dress up like an apple in the name of raising funds for the school. “I was pleased to see how our efforts brought in so much needed money for our students.”
Dean Boris Lushniak thanked School of Public Health faculty, staff, and students on Thursday morning with a brief presentation and a "reveal" of the mysterious box that had been sitting in the lobby all week.