Each year, Niagara University invites all graduates to return to campus for Alumni Weekend, traditionally held the first weekend in October. Classes celebrating five-year class anniversaries (5th, 10th, 15th, etc.) are highlighted throughout the weekend. The Office of Annual Giving works with each class in raising funds in honor of their anniversary. Volunteers from each class (class connectors) contact their classmates and friends to encourage each one to make a gift and to "come home" to Niagara for Alumni Weekend activities.
The importance of class connectors
Much of the success of the reunion giving program is dependent upon the efforts of "class connectors" (volunteers) from each class. During an 18-month period starting in January of the reunion year, connectors work to increase alumni knowledge and enthusiasm for Niagara University, encourage class participation in Alumni Weekend and secure reunion gifts in support of the Niagara Fund.
Individual gifts are combined with gifts from all classmates and, during Alumni Weekend, total gifts-to-date are announced. However, the opportunity to make a reunion gift continues for several more months, concluding the following May, the end of Niagara’s fiscal year.
How can you help?
Say "yes" to one of the Niagara Fund appeals – a phone call or a letter from a classmate, a phone call from a current Niagara student during our Phonathon, a pledge form in the Eagle alumni magazine, or an appeal letter from the university. Please consider upgrading your annual gift to the Niagara Fund in recognition of your anniversary. Gifts to this fund are used for student scholarships, academic programming and faculty-student collaborative research. Your special reunion gift will help the university continue its tradition of excellence and, at the same time, increase the impact your class makes on your alma matter.
For further information about serving as a class connector, please contact Michele Smith-Link, Reunion Giving, at 716.286.8775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.