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Senior Gift Program

The Senior Gift is a USM tradition in which the families of graduating seniors come together to sponsor a project that enhances the experience of students in the Upper School. 

The 2018 Senior Gift will be providing soft furnishings for the new Jack Olson '67 Commons, set to open in the fall of 2018. The Commons will be the new heart of the Upper School, and is the most visible part of the Our Common Bond comprehensive capital campaign. It is because of the generosity of the parents of the Class of 2018 that this gift is made possible.

Please contact Vanessa Nerbun, Director of Annual and Alumni Programs, at 414.540.3327 or vnerbun@usmk12.org with any questions. 

FAQ

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the Senior Class Gift?

    A. The Senior Class Gift is a USM tradition in which families of graduating seniors come together to sponsor a project that enhances the academic experiences of students in the Upper School. This year, the Senior Class Gift will involve the furnishings of tables and chairs for the new Jack Olson '67 Commons.
  • What are some examples of previous projects?

    A. Thanks to the generosity of the parents of the Class of 2015, the Kohl Collaboration Center received technological enhancements that created an active learning environment for Upper School students. The additions included a 2x2 video wall that provides students with the technology to easily share the content on their computers effectively and flexibly, as well as provide quality video conferencing capabilities. In 2016, the Senior Class Gift supported the addition to two much-needed, small rooms in the Upper School Stratton Library that accommodate groups of 2-5 students studying together or working on group projects. The new spaces also include artwork created by members of the class and other features suggested by the students. In 2017, the Senior Class Gift supported the construction of Cafe Twentyseventeen in the Quadracci Lodge. This Cafe offers concessions for Upper School athletic events, and offers additional community building space.
  • What does the project cost?

    A. Our goal is to raise at least $50,000.
  • Who contributes to the fundraising goal?

    A. Our goal is that 100% of families with graduating seniors contribute to the project.
  • How do I make my/our gift?

    A. To make your contribution to the Senior Class Gift, you may contact our Advancement Office at 414.540.3337, or visit usmk12.org/usmfund.
  • Is my/our contribution to the project separate from my/our annual gift?

    A. No. Because the Senior Class Gift fundraising initiative is part of the USM Fund, your contribution to the project may be considered as your annual gift to the USM Fund, USM's annual giving program, for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
  • What is the timeline for the project?

    A. The construction will be completed around the time of graduation.
  • Who is the Senior Class Gift Parent Co-chair?

    A. The Senior Class Gift Co-chairs are Mary Pat Fenton and Karen Huffman.
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