Student donors get access to the chancellor

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    Students got up early Wednesday morning to get some breakfast and have their questions answered by Chancellor Victor Boschini.

    The second annual Student Donor Breakfast in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom allowed about 60 TCU student donors access to the chancellor.

    Students who gave any amount to the university during the 2013-2014 academic year were invited to the event sponsored by University Advancement.

    Students sent in questions to ask the chancellor at the breakfast with their RSVP. Senior business information systems major Megan Farrelly moderated the question and answer session.

    Questions ranged from the chancellor’s favorite part about TCU to wondering about specific projects on campus like the Worth Hills development and the Neeley School of Business project.

    Boschini pointed to the students in the room when answering what his favorite part of TCU was.

    “I think the best part of TCU is you,” he said.

    He gave students an estimated 2017-2018 end date for the Worth Hills project, and emphasized that the Neeley School construction was still in the process of fundraising.

    Boschini also touched on the two parking garages that will be going up in the Greek and behind the Winthrop Rockefeller Building in Lot 5.

    To the room, full mostly of seniors, Boschini answered questions about using the TCU network after graduating.

    His advice was to get connected to alumni groups.

    He also said that starting in 2015, students will be able to keep their TCU email after they graduate. The hope is for students to stay connected to contacts they have already made, he said.

    Boschini’s last bit of advice for seniors was to “stop and smell the roses.”

    Danika Scevers, a senior history major, said she thinks events like this create community among student donors and that five years down the road she’ll be a part of the group of alumni donors.

    “It’s a way to commemorate my time at TCU and try not to miss any of the big moments at the end,” Scevers said.

    Scevers donated to the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, and feels that her donation will leave a ‘tangible’ legacy.

    Kathy Cavins-Tull, the vice chancellor for student affairs, said that events like this are an opportunity to get to know students.

    “These will be the people to lead our university after they graduate,” she said.

    The breakfast is an opportunity to recognize student donors and to show them the impact of their gifts, said Harmonie Farrow, director of Student and Young Alumni programs.

    “I hope that [student donors] will feel appreciated for what they have done. I hope they feel like a partner in the university,” said Farrow.

    Students donated $64,429 to the university this school year.