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Class gift presentation
Members of the Class of 2007 present Dean Dipak C. Jain, second from left, and Associate Dean Roger 'Whit' Shepard, second from right, with a check reflecting the students' record-setting class gift campaign.  Photo © Nathan Mandell

Teamwork and passion result in record-setting student class gift

$1.2 million total represents joint full- and part-time program efforts; funds to support major facilities enhancement

The Kellogg School's full-time Class of 2007 has generated the largest class gift yet, hitting a $1 million target thanks to near-perfect participation. Students in the part-time program contributed an additional ground-breaking $203,000, making the combined total philanthropy more than $1.2 million. The money is designated to improve facilities at the Chicago and Evanston campuses.

With more than 80 people contributing to the full-time campaign's effort, led by co-chairs Justin Carr, Ali Kresge, Stephanie Pirishis and Emre Sucu, the students rallied around the theme "Give Some. Get More."

"This effort was the epitome of Kellogg teamwork," said Kresge. "I got involved because of the lasting impact I knew our class could make."

After producing nearly $920,000 with 97 percent of the class participating, the full-time campaign received a boost from Dean Dipak C. Jain, who donated the remaining money to achieve the $1 million goal. The funds came from the dean's discretionary account, which includes money raised through his speaking engagements. He was inspired by "the generosity of the students and their willingness to embrace the spirit of collaboration" He called their efforts "a remarkable example for future classes."

The part-time program's students made significant contributions too, with the class also setting a new record. More than half the class participated in the effort, which was led by co-chairs Matt Adams and Pere Berkowitz and supported by more than a dozen committee members.

Using the theme "I Believe in Kellogg," students generated passion for the campaign. "Kellogg has a unique culture," said Berkowitz. "It really goes beyond words."

Berkowitz said that his peers went "above and beyond" to contribute to the gift, which will go to renovate study-group rooms on the Chicago campus. "The actions we take as alumni will determine how others view Kellogg in the future," he noted, adding that the school's reputation is not only built on its graduates' career success, but by their support.

Kresge agreed. "This was our first opportunity to participate as alumni," she said. "I hope our class will continue to be active players in ensuring Kellogg greatness in the years to come."

– Matt Golosinski

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