Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and the Gallagher Student Center (GSC) have invited students, faculty and staff to launch paper airplanes at precisely 4:30 PM on Thursday, December 1st in the GSC atrium.
“Xavier students love to send paper airplanes flying into the four story space of their student center,” says Joe Christman, Director of the Gallagher Student Center. Last year, hundreds of students and staff (and even some faculty), folded and flew their masterpieces.
Pilots buy sheets of recycled paper for $1 each to participate. EVERY penny raised will go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to help bring patients to the pediatric oncology center. This year, Xavier president Michael J. Graham, S.J. has pledged to match funds raised by the student pilots.
The pilot of the winning plane (closest to center of the “X” in the floor on the lowest GSC level) will earn the first place prize of a $250 AAA Travel gift certificate for air travel.
Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, and head of the Xavier Academic Pilots Association, will count down the launch of the airplanes toward the target. A guest judge will serve as the official measurer and determinant of first place. Dr. Brian Turpin of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be on hand to congratulate the winner and thank the participants. Cindy Wasson of AAA Travel will present the gift certificate to the pilot of the winning plane.