Fifth Annual Giving Day Supports Students University-Wide

By Andrew Capitelli
St. Joseph’s University, New York’s fifth annual Giving Day event on March 29 raised over $60,000 to benefit 21 student and faculty crowdfunding initiatives.

More than 600 gifts were made by donors during the 24-hour fundraising campaign that provided financial support for projects at SJNY’s Brooklyn and Long Island campuses, as well as the University at large.

“The success of Giving Day is a testament to the generosity of SJNY’s community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends,” said Rory Shaffer-Walsh, vice president for institutional advancement.

At the Long Island Campus, the Michael J. Vignato ’07 Biology Scholarship Fund received more than $2,500 in gifts. The scholarship is awarded annually to a first-year student majoring in biology.

A Brooklyn Campus campaign to help Honors students study abroad raised funds that will cover some global studies trip expenses. Brooklyn’s Academic Center for English Language Studies (ACES) program received funding for cultural outings.

More than $1,100 was raised in memory of S. Jane Fritz, C.S.J., a 37-year SJNY faculty member who founded the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Long Island Campus. The funding will help furnish a computer lab established in her name.

Five varsity athletics programs at the Brooklyn Campus and seven Long Island Campus teams held campaigns for various initiatives.