The Senior Class Gift Committee of 2013 announced today that the proposed ‘We Are’ sculpture will be the gift on behalf of their class to Penn State.
The sculpture beat out a proposed Rec Hall beautification project and a donation to the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children.
The gift was announced today by the senior class gift committee and accepted on behalf of Penn State by President Rodney Erickson.
“A ‘We Are’ sculpture enhanced with the words of the Penn State alma mater combines two of Penn State’s most cherished expression of who we are,” Erickson said. He is certain it will become a must-see landmark on campus, he said.
Senior class gift giving has been a long-standing tradition at Penn State dating 120 years ago, Erickson said.
More than 1,700 votes were received last week, according to Geoff Hallett, adviser of the committee, from the Office of Annual Giving.
Now that the gift is selected, the focus is on funding. The funding mostly comes from the extra money from the general deposit the University hold’s during a student’s time at Penn State. Hallet said students can give out of pocket donations as well, but a majority of the money comes from the University deposit.
The location for the statue is still to be decided and will be discussed by the committee and the Office of Physical Plant.
Morgan Delaware (senior-broadcast journalism), who is the overall chair of the committee, presented the gift this morning at the HUB-Robeson Center.