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University community invited to submit ideas for 2017 class gift

Proposals welcomed from students, faculty, staff and alumni

The Nittany Lion shrine, gift of Penn State's class of 1940 and renovated with a gift from the class of 2012, on the University Park campus. Credit: Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Class Gift Campaign is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Class Gift. Proposals are encouraged and welcomed by all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.  

Gift proposals can be submitted at by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 16.

“Each class gift is more than a donation to the University — it’s an opportunity for every class to start their legacy which will echo through Penn State’s history,” said Sis-Obed Torres, 2017 Class Gift Campaign executive director. “From the Nittany Lion Shrine, a gift from the class of 1940, to the solar panel array from the class of 2015, each gift serves as a reminder and inspiration  to students, faculty, alumni, and visitors to campus, that we are all contributors to the Penn State experience.”

Last year, the class of 2016 chose to fund an endowment for the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) — a prime example of a gift that will give back for decades to come. “It shows the power of how a group of students can make a difference for those that come after them,” said Torres.

Graduates of the class of 1861 began the tradition with the gift of a portrait of the University's first president, Evan Pugh, which still can be seen in the lobby of Old Main.

A committee comprised of University staff, faculty and students will review all proposals and narrow the choices down to three. Seniors will then have the opportunity to vote for their choice at this fall.

Students can #StartYourLegacy today and follow @PSUClassGift on Twitter and Instagram, as well as “like” the Penn State Class Gift page on Facebook for the chance to win prizes.

Visit for more information about Penn State’s class gift program. Questions about gift proposals can be directed to Geoff Hallett, class gift adviser, at 814-863-2052 or

Credit: Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated July 26, 2016