North Central College - Naperville, IL

Creating Connections, Leaving a Legacy

A group of North Central students would like to thank the alumni who donate to fine arts, athletics, the Annual Fund and campus facilities.

So they are. Using pens, thank you notes and their own creativity, the Student Legacy Ambassadors have written more than 200 personal notes to College donors. They tell them about the activities they’re involved with and how the donor helped their field of interest.

“The baseball team is in need of a new tarp for the field, so I always mention that when I’m thanking them for their donation to the baseball program,” says Tyler Herman ’12, who plays for the Cardinals. “We don’t ask for anything, it’s purely a thank you for what they’ve done,” adds Tanner Smale ’12, who ends every handwritten note with “Have the greatest day of your life!”

Yet one of their most important roles on campus—and one they take very seriously—is to educate fellow students about staying connected and the importance of annual giving to the College after Commencement. The nine ambassadors have shared their message at various campus events, reminding students that they’ll be “A Cardinal For Life.”

“Students need to see how important it is to stay connected and give back in the next 10 years and beyond,” says Bonne Beetz ’06 Kniss, assistant director for alumni relations. “And the seniors in the group are just naturally taking a role in the Class of 2011 gift campaign.”

Student Legacy Ambassadors was organized with the help of Angie Snodgrass ’11, who became inspired last year as a Commencement marshal. “A light bulb went off and she came to us asking to organize the group,” explains Kniss. “It was something the alumni office thought was great and Angie was the perfect person.”

A theatre major, Snodgrass wants to personally thank Trustee Jeff Swallow ’94 for his family’s support of Meiley-Swallow Hall. “Some of my best memories and experiences have happened on that stage,” she says. (Snodgrass is directing “Forever Plaid” in Meiley-Swallow Hall May 26-29.)

Ambassadors Megan Reppen ’13 and Melissa Guido ’13 frequently assist at alumni events like Homecoming. The ambassadors also visited Somonauk High School at the invitation of teacher Angie Larson ’96 Koontz to talk about campus life.

Several alumni who have received thank you notes have called the alumni office to express their gratitude. Nancy Zeumer ’67 Kranpitz met the ambassadors in person and writes:

>“I was very impressed with the Legacy students. I had the distinct pleasure of having breakfast with Molly Link ’11. What a great person! The timing of this group meeting with the Alumni Board was perfect. I am entering my third year and really didn’t think I wanted to continue mainly because of the traveling I have to do for meetings. But the thought of being able to work with students like Molly has me thinking otherwise.”

North Central Now Spring 2011