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Philanthropy club gives back to students

Cindy Vallejo
Staff Writer

Making their first appearance at the LeoVille club fair the Student Philanthropy Fellowship club is devoted to giving back to the students of the campus.

The club originated from the department of annual giving’s Spotted Pig campaign which is part of University Advancement.

When Karo Chakhlasyan, the president of the Student Philanthropy Fellowship, was looking into other campuses’ programs, he found out other schools had similar clubs.

Chakhlasyan then took the initiative to start the club with Leena Hardgrave, Nikita Lalla, and Lauren Rios, who were already working with the Office of Advancement’s Annual Giving program.

The purpose of the Spotted Pig was to create an emergency loan called SELF, which stands for “student emergency loan fund,” that provides funds to students who are in need of sudden financial assistance.

“Every cent that the Spotted Pig event gets goes to the fund and is accessible to students, and is the only loan that is fully sponsored by students,” said Hardgrave, vice president of Student Philanthropy Fellow­ship.

The club wants to get more information out about the Spotted Pig and also get more students to participate in this cause.

The club will not only be focusing on the Spotted Pig Campaign but also the Annual Class Gift.

The Annual Class Gift is a present that is given to the University by the graduating senior class.

This is something that the club wants to bring back to ULV because they think it is important to give back to the school that has provided many opportunities to students.

One of the overall goals that the club has is to raise more awareness about the Department of Annual Giving and its benefit to students.

The club wants students to help each other out through the Spotted Pig Campaign and be more conscious of their fellow students hardships.

The overall goal of the organization is to help students start planting the seed to make this student sponsored loan program a big success so it will continue growing and help future Leos.

“Participation is the key; every gift matters and every gift makes a difference,” said Trish Ciccoianni, adviser for the Student Philanthropy Fellow­ship.

One of the upcoming events the Student Philanthropy Fellowship has in store for ULV is Pig Blitz.

The club will be going around each residence hall and explaining why it is important to participate in the Spotted Pig Campaign.

They will be providing students with their own pigs to help with collection for the club.

Another upcoming event that is planned for the end of the semester is the Spotted Pig Collection Carnival.

The Student Philanthropy Fellowship members will host the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3 in the University Quad.

“There is a bigger picture of trying to make the community better,” Chakhlasyan said. “If you want to be a part of this by all means come, a little goes a long way.”

If you would like to participate in the Student Philanthropy Fellowship, the club’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the University Advancement Building.

For more information visit the club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lvSPF.

Cindy Vallejo can be reached at cindy.vallejo@laverne.edu.

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