Consider giving back to Temple at some point to show your support.
As Kate Kelly reports in “More donors, less cash pledged to university” on Page 1, the university is consistently strategizing ways to collect money from donors and alumni, in an attempt to raise funds for different areas of the university.
After seeing a decrease in the number of donors, Temple has brought that number back to its level in 2008.
And while those donating to the university can assign gifts to a specific area or department of Temple, students should look at it as an opportunity to keep projects and research afloat.
Cuts in state appropriations take a toll on the university at large, and cause many schools’ and colleges’ budgets to decrease, which in turn often limit resources for students.
David Unruh, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement, encourages current students to donate to the university as well.
Although The Temple News sees this as an unrealistic request of most college students, many of whom have to work just to attend the university, we strongly support the idea of charitable giving to the university – for obvious reasons.
As current students, we’re encouraged to network and meet with alumni when we’re given the chance to do so. Taking advantages of such opportunities could mean a job interview later down the road.
But let’s not forget the importance of developing relationships to benefit the present.
The Temple News believes that students should take advantage of the alumni events, such as the football tailgates, to develop relationships with former students.
Student tuition continues to pad the university’s wallet, but gifts and donations help fund extra projects and research that are vital to Temple and to the community at large.
In order to secure up-to-date facilities, quality and affordable education and adequate resources for the university, students should take part in securing money for the university – whether it’s through lobbying state legislators for more appropriations or reaching out to alumni who may consider donating to the university from which they hail.