This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

Photo Credit: Ben Rutkowski ’09

Students and Alumnae/i Remember to Mind the Gap

On Thursday, February 7, the Vassar campus welcomed more than two dozen alumnae/i for the first annual Mind the Gap Day. The program was put together by the Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement, a collaboration designed to increase communication and transparency between AAVC, the Office of Development, the Office of Career Development, Campus Activities, and the student body. The day marked the point in the academic year at which average tuition, room and board fees no longer cover the cost of education; the college’s expenses and operations for the remainder of the year are made possible largely through gifts from alumnae/i, parents, and friends of Vassar.

Each alumna/us, accompanied by a current Vassar student, attended two to three classes, heard an address by Laurie Schwab Zabin ’46, recipient of AAVC’s 2008 Award for Distinguished Achievement, and witnessed firsthand the effects of giving as they spent time on campus.

Host student Nate Silver ’10 recognized the significance of the day’s events. “It was such an important day because it acknowledged that without the generosity of alums, parents, and friends of the institution, a Vassar education would be an impossibility.” All students were able to contribute to the day by expressing messages of gratitude on postcards sent to alumnae/i who could not be there to enjoy the day. Students were also given the chance to participate in a raffle by guessing how many donors had supported the college in the past year: 13,112. Such an impressive number of supporters serves as proof that, no matter the day, the Vassar community will continue to Mind The Gap.

March 2008

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