Mark Your Calendars for LSU Giving Day
On March 10, LSU and the LSU College of Engineering will celebrate Giving Day. Because of the generosity of many alumni and friends, the college has a storied past and a bright future. It has a history of more than 100 years of excellence in education and research; and that legacy is furthered by philanthropy, as record numbers of students are supported with scholarships, as our faculty are funded to conduct cutting-edge research with real-world application, and as we build, operate, and upgrade state-of-the-art labs and facilities. As we move towards another 100 years of excellence, philanthropy speeds our pace and powers our progress.
The goals of this third annual Giving Day are to raise money for important academic initiatives, broaden our base of donors, and strengthen our culture of philanthropy. Much of the engagement and giving that day will happen online and on social media, where donors can see the real-time progress. The Giving Day 2021 theme is “Rise with Tenacity.” LSU engineers are hard workers, problem solvers, and determined achievers, and this theme fits our college well. One of the aims of Giving Day is to engage with more than 1,860 donors across the university in celebration of the year of LSU’s founding. As more alumni and friends engage in philanthropy, LSU and the college are empowered to succeed long into the future.
Giving Day began at LSU in 2019 as a challenge to engage more LSU alumni and friends and show the impact of giving. The focus was to build college-level excellence funds and scholarship funds. The event took on a different meaning for LSU in 2020, as the university dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic and the focus became supporting students’ immediate needs. Unknown at the time, students would also be greatly impacted by an historic 2020 hurricane season. The Student Emergency Support Fund was the featured area of support for Giving Day 2020, and donors responded to the challenge.
“I am always amazed by the generosity of our alumni and industry partners and their willingness to support our college and its programs, faculty, and students,” said Judy Wornat, dean of the College of Engineering. “They set the standard for future generations of LSU engineers, construction managers, and computer scientists and exemplify what it means to be leaders in their respective fields.”
As we look ahead, Giving Day 2021 is an opportunity for the LSU College of Engineering to secure its future. We return this year to focus on excellence and scholarship funds. You can support our excellence fund, which gives Dean Wornat flexibility to support emerging opportunities for students, faculty, and labs or our scholarship fund, which benefits hard working students with important financial support. Challenge gifts and power hours will multiply the impact of your gift, too.
Louisiana, like the rest of the world, depends on engineers for economic development, growth, and success. Tomorrow’s engineers, construction managers, computer scientists, researchers, and executives are learning what it takes to be successful today, right now and right here.
Give to the College of Engineering on March 10 at geauxgive.lsu.edu and be counted toward our goal of 1,860 LSU alumni and friends. Follow us for updates on social media at Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to use #LSUGivingDay to show off your Tiger spirit!
Senior Director of Development