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Loyola students connect with alumni for a chance to win $5,000

Loyola press release - October 21, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans students representing 13 student organizations will compete against each other to win $5,000 to fund their dream project proposals in the Loyola Connect competition. The project garnering the most votes from Monday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Nov. 2 wins. Anyone can cast a vote for a favorite project online by making a donation of any size.

Student organizations are connecting with alumni to promote their projects and attract voters. Alumni donation votes count for five points, while all other donation votes count for one point. Loyola will announce the winning student project Nov. 2 at Wolves on the Prowl, the university’s national day of service.

“The students are the most important piece of the Loyola Connect competition. Enthusiastic student organizations can leverage this competition to do great work on campus or in the community,” said Stephanie Hotard, '04, M.B.A. '10, director of the Office of Annual Giving. “This hard work will bring more student and alumni engagement and more donations to Loyola to make the university stronger.”

“Loyola Connect is a fun way for Alumni to reconnect and engage with students on campus while also helping fund their inspiring ideas. It makes students think in the present about what they would want to support years from now after they have graduated from the university,” said Eugenio Hernandez III '07, Loyola Connect committee member.

Loyola Connect projects in the running for the $5,000 prize include:

  • Active Minds’ project to host a Stress Free Day approaching finals, featuring fun activities that alleviate stress and promote good attitudes, as well as information about how to de-stress, deal with stressful situations and think positively;
  • The Coalition’s work to provide personalized educational experiences in which students receive varied kinds of support—academic, financial and emotional—for success as undergraduate students;
  • The First in the Pack Peer Mentor Program’s efforts to help first-generation college students transition into college life, providing mentoring and monthly dialogues;
  • The Health Professionals Organization’s project to assist students pursuing a health profession through the purchase of exam prep books for health exams in medicine, dentistry, etc.;
  • The Loyola Association of Students for Sustainability project establishing a Loyola Edible Garden, providing a space for students to engage with seasonal, local produce;
  • The Loyola Society of Dance free Dance Showcase in February 2014 in honor of the hunger relief organizations in Greater New Orleans;
  • Loyola Speech and Debate project to host an on-campus debate for the Loyola and surrounding community;
  • Loyola University Community Action Program’s efforts to actively involve students in advocacy and service projects, including sharing meals with the homeless, tutoring, spending time with the elderly, rebuilding the Gulf Coast and hosting events on a variety of social justice issues;
  • The Maroon student newspaper’s the Future of Journalism Initiative to send student journalists to professional development seminars focusing on newspaper and advertising careers;
  • Nu Mu Citywide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s D.R.E.A.M.girls Summit that will bring 100 middle and high school girls interested in pursuing studies in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to campus this spring for a one-day empowerment conference;
  • Phi Kappa Psi’s plans for Dunk a Phi Psi event, Phi Psi 5K and the Phi Psi Petting Zoo—events that provide fun campus activities, but also benefit philanthropic organizations;
  • The University Honors Association’s Youth Imprint Project, a program to help elementary school students become successful writers, comfortable with literature and writing; and
  • Wolf Pack Baseball’s project to purchase baseball equipment, which would be used to conduct sports camps with children in Belize and inner-city children in New Orleans.

The 10-day voting period ends at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2. Votes are made by donating unrestricted gifts to the Loyola Fund, a general fund for the university that helps to provide scholarships, up-to-date technology and renovations.