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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 2019 Senior Gift will be a sculpture outside the new Upper School entrance. The senior class, with the help of sculpture artist Katie Martin-Maurer and the fine arts faculty, will design and construct a public piece of sculpture. All seniors were invited to give their thoughts to create a piece that best represents their class and what they value about their USM experience. It is because of the generosity of the parents of the Class of 2019 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 be a public piece of sculpture, created by sculpture artist Katie Martin-Meurer. The senior class will collaborate with the artist to create a piece that best represents their class.
  • What are some examples of previous projects?

    A. 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. In 2018, the Senior Class Gift purchased soft furnishings in the new Jack Olson '67 Commons, the new heart of the Upper School made possible by the Our Common Bond capital campaign.
  • What does the project cost?

    A. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $30,000 and attain 100% participation by the families of the class of 2019. This cost includes engineering, material and fabrication, delivery, installation, artist's fee, contingency, signage, lighting, seasonal landscaping, and maintenance.
  • 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 2018-19 fiscal year.
  • What is the timeline for the project?

    A. The goal is to have the sculpture installed outside the new Upper School entrance prior to Commencement.
  • Who is the Senior Class Gift Parent Co-chair?

    A. The Senior Class Gift Co-chairs are Shantel Bacchus, Nancy Bolton, Jock Mutschler, and Margy Stratton
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