Seton Hall's Student Alumni Association (SAA) members are reaching out and thanking more than 1,000 University donors as part of True Blue Month this February. The 35 SAA student leaders are joining efforts at nearly 100 educational institutions worldwide as part of Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month.
The annual initiative, organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), began in 2013 to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses. Seton Hall's SAA has participated in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month since its inception and has decided to personalize this year's effort by highlighting the University's True Blue loyalty program and its dedicated members.
Founded in 2005, the SAA is an undergraduate organization that works in partnership with Seton Hall's Alumni Relations department. The group seeks to better the University community by fostering relationships between current students and graduates, fostering school spirit, and educating undergraduate students about the benefits of a life-long relationship with Seton Hall University.
"True Blue Month is a special time for everyone on campus where students get to thank those who make our education possible. It is important for students to realize that so many generous people contribute to our experiences at Seton Hall. Thanking Seton Hall supporters is rewarding for everyone involved. I hope that more people will learn about the difference Seton Hall supporters make in our education and encourage my fellow Pirates to continue being True Blue forever," says Matthew Minor, a sophomore and SAA team leader.
CASE provides programming, services and resources in advancement – for students and advisers of student alumni associations, student foundations and similar organizations at colleges and universities that are members of CASE's Affiliated Student Advancement Programs. Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month, now known at Seton Hall as True Blue Month, is part of CASE's goal to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement – including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing.
"It's important that students start taking steps to become the next group of philanthropic leaders," says Rob Henry, CASE's Vice President of Education. "Throughout the entire month of February, we celebrate the value students bring to their institutions with their time, talent and treasure."
In partnership with University Advancement, SAA has been hosting events that students can attend. These events provide students an opportunity to learn about philanthropy at Seton Hall and thank donors and volunteers who have contributed to their education and the University as a whole. Events will feature activities, food and prizes.
SAA launched True Blue Month with an Employee Donor Thank You Day on February 9, recognizing more than 120 True Blue faculty and staff. Students also participated in "Sweet Treats," on February 15, writing thank you notes to donors, explaining what their support of our University means. At the sweet treats dessert bar, students enjoyed a sweet escape while SAA members shared why they give back to Seton Hall.
On Thursday, February 22, True Blue Day features students across campus thanking more than 1,000 supporters, including those whose have given consecutively for two to three years.
SAA will be hosting two school spirit events that will provide students the opportunity to showcase their Pirate Pride as well as thank donors. True Blue Pandemonium at the Women's Basketball Game at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, February 23, in the Rec Center promotes Pirate Pride as well as supporting Breast Cancer Survivors while cheering on the women's basketball team.
The month's festivities conclude with the organization's 9th 24-hour Bounce 'N Trounce launching at 6 p.m. on Tuesday February 27, at the True Blue Lounge in the University Center Main Lounge where through Wednesday, February 28, students can show their pride and become True Blue at the event.
To learn more about True Blue Month and ways to get involved, click here.
All members of the Seton Hall community are invited to celebrate philanthropy by sharing their True Blue story or sending a thank you to our Seton Hall supporters for their generosity. Simply tag @SetonHallSAA on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the message and share why you are #halltrueblue.