Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2023
The “Give Like a Titan, Care Like a Community” crowdfunding campaign launches on Giving Tuesday at Westminster College this week, giving students, alumni, friends and the entire campus community an opportunity to donate to their choice of Westminster fundraising campaigns.
The initiative begins on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and wraps up at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1.
“We are genuinely enthusiastic for this year’s crowdfunding campaign. We hope students take advantage of the chance to share their needs and for alumni and friends to answer the call for support and choose to ‘give like a Titan,’” said Kara Montgomery, senior director of alumni engagement.
Westminster College is hoping to make this year’s Give Like a Titan campaign successful through community support and a broad range of choices for donations.
“Titan giving embodies a spirit of immense generosity, strength and unwavering support. It means going above and beyond to contribute—whether through resources, time or effort—with the power and commitment akin to a Titan,” said Sarah Parish ’12, cheerleading coach.
Donations can be made to various programs and initiatives including the Titan Mascot Fund, International Choir Tour, History Student Development, Campus Gathering Area Fund, the Speech and Debate Society and the Wherever Needed Most Fund. The goal of the campaign is to reach 250 donors by the end of the week through participation and outreach to fellow Titans.
The Titan Mascot
This funding will enhance and modernize the Titan mascot costume attire with a new outfit and updated appearance, as well as increase ventilation. The mascot plays a pivotal role in various College events and is used as a tool for outreach while representing the College at various functions, athletic events and community initiatives.
The International Choir Tour
Donations will provide funding to the School of Music Concert Choir for their performances in and around Scotland in May 2024. Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Keeling, choir director and assistant professor of music, this trip will mark the first international tour since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am so excited about the opportunity to play historic organs and carillons around the world,” said Hunter Peterson, a senior music performance major from Russell, Pa.
The History Student Development
Funding toward History Student Development will help ease the financial strains on students who would like to participate in national conferences or long-distance internships.
“Conferences are incredibly expensive. Support from alumni and friends would be tremendous and help us be able to engage in these opportunities without a financial burden,” said Joseph Ryan Armstrong, a senior biology major from Pocono Summit, Pa.
The Campus Gathering Area
This campaign will help students create a new, permanent meeting space on campus through the installation of a gas fire pit and built-in, long-standing stone furniture. The communal area will enhance student relations, encourage outdoor activities and promote mindfulness.
“The campus fire pit project is important because it gives people an opportunity to gather, sit around the fire, talk, do homework and build a community together,” said Breannda Davis, a senior business administration major from Streetsboro, Ohio.
The Speech and Debate Society
This funding will subsidize the costs for members of the Speech and Debate Society to compete on a national level. The Westminster Speech and Debate Society team, open to students of any major, was recently recognized as national champions.
“Speech and Debate has not only increased my confidence and skills when it comes to public speaking, but also helped me in the classroom setting for presentations and I know it will help when I enter the professional world,” said junior Alyjah McHugh of Nashua, N.H., who ranked second nationally has credited the Speech and Debate Society with enhancing her Westminster experience.
Wherever Needed Most
These donations allow Westminster College to recruit and maintain students through various areas of financial aid offerings.
“We are helping to protect the investment the current generation of Titans are making,” said Dr. Kristianne Kalata Vaccaro, associate professor and chair of the English department.
To make a specific donation click here, www.westminster.edu/givelikeatitan by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1.