Class of 2005 sets record for legacy fund donations

More than 270 engraved bricks have been sold, but sale doesn't end until May 31 | March 31, 2005

The legacy brick program—a branch of the annual fund—benefits current and future students by helping raise money for Manresa, student-run clubs and organizations, job fairs and financial assistance. The bricks are engraved with the student's name and class year, and cost a total of $100, payable in $25 increments over the next three years.

To date, 272 bricks have been sold; however, that number is increasing daily. Of those 272, 240 were sold to undergraduates, 30 to master's students and two to doctoral students. The class of 2005 bricks are being placed around Bellarmine circle, extending through the green space.

When the program began in 1996, graduates only gave a flat fee for the engraved bricks, and class participation ranged from 8-12 percent. Since implementing the multi-year pledge program in 2002, participation has increased to 20-30 percent. This year, participation by the Class of 2005 is at 36 percent, an impressive number compared to similar programs at colleges across the country.

Holley Krawiec, manager of the legacy fund, says the strong response by seniors is due to students spreading the word about the bricks and extra gifts given with a donation, including “The Run” DVD, which recaps Xavier's Elite Eight run in March 2004.