This week, hundreds of people will be on campus to partake in the dedication of Christ Chapel. As this momentous occasion transpires, so too does another: the installation of the fountain.
The class of 2019 knew the quad before there was a chapel, and before there was any thought of a fountain residing on the place where ultimate frisbee games once took place. The quad will soon be back to normal — a new normal. The chapel will be in full use, and the fountain will have running water. I, for one, can’t help but reflect and be thankful for all of those that made this project possible.
College means partnership, and in this case, it extends well beyond the class of 2019.
Thank you to Samuel and Marjorie Muscarella, who generously partnered with us in a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar match campaign.
To Alice Arnn, who designed a timeless piece of art which pays homage to the college’s original fountain and improves the beauty of our present campus.
To Mary Ewers, who gave us the opportunity to connect with parents over Parents Weekend, and to all of the parents who contributed as a result.
To William and Janet Brodbeck, who generously hosted a wine-tasting to help us raise money from our classmates.
To the alumni who supported from afar and helped spread the word about our efforts.
And last but not least, to all the students, who made up more than 65% of the contributors to the fountain project.
I could continue, but the list of people to thank would take pages. We know that the money we raised was only a small portion of the overall cost of the fountain, but we are thankful for the opportunity to contribute to a lasting gift.
As the next group of officers lead the charge in giving a gift to the college, and subsequent classes participate in the years to come, I challenge each of you to give something back to the college that has given you so much. Your support will not go unnoticed.
Nicholas DeCleene is a 2019 graduate of Hillsdale College and served as the co-fundraising chair for his class.