IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, THIS YEAR'S LOVE BLUE GIVE GOLD HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
The COVID-19 crisis seems to have changed life as we know it overnight. Together, the entire St. Edward's community is facing tremendous challenges, with lots of questions about the future. Due to these unprecedented circumstances, St. Edward's University has made the difficult decision to postpone Love Blue Give Gold, originally scheduled for April 2 & 3.
Currently, our students are tasked with the difficult challenge of adjusting to the "new norm" and are budgeting for additional costs associated with unexpected moving, travel expenses, and unemployment. If possible, please consider a gift to the student emergency aid fund, HOOF. Several Hilltoppers rely on this aid to support them through unforeseen personal hardships. A gift toward HOOF, student scholarships, or the areas of greatest need will greatly ease the financial burden our students are now facing.
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AREAS OF INTEREST
Donors interested in supporting the university’s priorities may regularly choose from among Annual Scholarships, the General Endowment, and the university’s Areas of Greatest Need (an unrestricted gift that allows us to meet pressing needs as they arise). This year, donors may also recognize Esther Yacono for her 23 years of leadership to the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) with a gift to the scholarship that has been created in her name.
CAMP, founded in 1972, has served more than 2,800 sons and daughters of migrant farmworkers. It has become a national model for migrant education due to the university's comprehensive approach to providing personalized academic, social and financial support that helps CAMPers succeed. The program's six-year graduation rate of 68% far exceeds the national average of 59%.
MARY MOODY NORTHEN THEATRE is the award-winning producing arm of the St. Edward's University theater training program. Students work alongside professional actors, directors and designers, explore all facets of theatrical production and earn points towards membership in the Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
WILD BASIN CREATIVE RESEARCH CENTER serves as an extension of the St. Edward’s campus and includes 227 acres within the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system. The center focuses on “creative research” and is designed to encourage research in all disciplines as well as interdisciplinary and cross-curriculum projects. In addition to these types of projects, St. Edward’s University works in partnership with the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and its many affiliates on conservation efforts. Wild Basin also offers volunteer opportunities and guided school tours and is open to the public for trail hiking and events.
School of Behavioral and Social Sciences • The Bill Munday School of Business • School of Human Development & Education • School of Arts & Humanities • School of Natural Sciences
Dean’s Academic Excellence Funds have been established in each school to provide Deans with the resources they need to support faculty and to help deserving students take advantage of opportunities for academic growth outside of the classroom. Contributions to these funds provide for student travel to present research at symposia and conferences, or to demonstrate their creative abilities at special showcases. Funds also support visiting artists and speakers on campus.
ATHLETICS The St. Edward’s University department of athletics competes in the NCAA Division II. Beginning this school year, the Hilltoppers joined the Lone Star Conference and form the largest NCAA Division II conference in the nation at 19-member institutions.
St. Edward's University is recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, and it has been recognized by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Located in Austin, Texas, with a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edward's is a diverse community that offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to inspire students with a global perspective. St. Edward's is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university in the Holy Cross tradition with more than 5,300 students.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION The Office of Diversity and Inclusion inspires values that recognize, first and foremost, the inherent dignity of every person. We cultivate an inclusive environment where differences are recognized and respected by serving as a catalyst, providing support, and ensuring collaboration and accountability.
RECREATION & WELLNESS Recreation & Wellness provides opportunities for the St. Edward’s University community to enhance their holistic well-being by administering a variety of physical, social, educational, intellectual, and emotional experiences. Through participation in our programs, we strive to ensure that each individual develops an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle, meaningful relationships, leadership development opportunities, and a wholesome attitude towards well-being.
STUDENT TRANSITIONS AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT The Office of Student Transitions and Family Engagement strives to provide students and their families with meaningful opportunities to connect, learn, and engage on the Hilltop. With signature traditions and events such as Summer Orientation, Legacy Walk, and Seniors Staying Connected.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES The Office of Student Activities includes chartered organizations University Programming Board, Student Government Association, Student Leadership Team, and the Campus Involvement Team, and is responsible for supporting student co-curricular programming and engagement, as well as recognition of student organizations.
RESIDENCE LIFE The Office of Residence Life at St. Edward’s University cultivates intentional living-learning environments that foster the development of the heart and mind, preparing students to take on their world. By engaging in the residential experience at St. Edward’s University, students will develop independent living skills, build community and relationships, prioritize health and wellness, and grow personally and intellectually.
Rooted in our Holy Cross heritage, the mission of the university, and Catholic Social Teaching, Campus Ministry seeks to provide the university community with a variety of opportunities to live out their faith tradition. In addition to Catholic devotions (Reconciliation, Rosary, Adoration, Mass – weekdays and Sundays) numerous transformative service experiences, both on campus and in the larger community, are supported by the staff and student volunteers of Campus Ministry: Respect for Life, Soup & Substance, Passion & Civility Debates, REACH OUT, and the Thanksgiving Food Drive, are a few such opportunities.
SERVICE BREAK EXPERIENCES provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to practice their beliefs through service to communities around the world. Rooted in the four pillars of building community, doing justice, living simply and engaging spiritually, the program boasts ten domestic Alternative Spring Break and five International Immersion experiences. Participants spend nearly a year preparing and learning about the social justice and community issues of their site, volunteering at a local non-profit and building community with their group before the one or two week service-immersion experience. We challenge our participants to become global citizens as they use their education and lived experience to improve the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.
#LoveBlueGiveGold is university-wide! We are grateful for every office and organization that gives this movement momentum. In particular, these divisions and student groups are prominent advocates for the campaign.
|Alumni Relations||School of Arts and Humanities|
|Campus Ministry||Service Break Experience|
|Recreation & Wellness||Division of Student Affairs|
|St. Edward's University Alumni Association||Student Government Association|
|Hilltopper Athletics||Student Activities|
|Marketing||Diversity and Inclusion|
|Mary Moody Northen Theatre||University Advancement|
|Men's Club Lacrosse||Student Transitions and Family Engagement|
|Men's Club Soccer||Topperettes Dance Team|
|The Bill Munday School of Business||Women's Club Lacrosse|
|Allison McKissack ’98, MLA ’04||Anne Westdyke||Ashley Ojeda|
|Carlie Stolz||Cheri Sullivan||Claire Land|
|David Pfaffenberger||Denise Rocha ’99, MLA ’07||Gabriela Ferreiro-Chavez ’15, MACSD ’18|
|Jessica Wilson||Joe DeMedeiros||Karin Dicks|
|Kathy Beth Stavinoha||Lori Hart ’06, MACSD ’14||Lucie Perez ’92|
|Marissa Moses MACSD ’17||Mary Joy Guzman||Sarah Dickens|
|Samantha Smith||Tommy Gallagher||
What is Love Blue Give Gold and why does it happen every year?
The Love Blue Give Gold social media fundraising campaign promotes participation gifts amongst the St. Edward’s University community. The campaign is used to increase our alumni participation percentage – a statistic used by national ranking organizations to measure alumni satisfaction each year. Charitable gifts also help the university achieve its mission and implement its strategic plan for the betterment of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.
Annual participation matters! Love Blue Give Gold provides the St. Edward’s community with a fun, quick way to make their annual gifts to St. Edward’s University. Be a part of the tradition!
What areas can I support?
The St. Edward’s Fund, sometimes called the university’s ‘area of greatest need,’ provides tuition assistance for deserving students, along with necessary technology and teaching tools for our students and faculty, while helping us maintain both the natural and the built environment on our beautiful Austin campus. It enables us to continue to attract and retain talented and diverse students and strengthens our rankings and reputation.
In addition to supporting the St. Edward’s Fund, donors may designate their gifts to areas that have impacted their time on the Hilltop. When making your gift, select “other” and write in the organization, program or cause you wish to support with your gift.
Does 100% of my gift go to my designated area?
Is there a minimum donation amount?
A minimum gift of $5 is suggested but not required.
Can a donor make a gift by mail or phone?
Due to the short timeframe of Love Blue Give Gold, only gifts made during the 1885 minutes of giving taking place on April 2 & 3 will count toward the campaign goals.
Can a donor make a gift of stock in support of Love Blue Give Gold?
Donors can make a gift of stock in support of their favorite school, program or cause. Learn more here.
Is it safe to make my gift online?
Yes! We assure you that measures have been taken to make such transactions secure for everyone who participates.
This site uses industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) servers on our transaction pages. It encrypts all of your personal information to prevent unauthorized access as the information travels over the Internet. This site takes the responsibility of your cardholder data seriously and maintains compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) by meeting all security requirements to help ensure commerce-based transaction data is protected.
Is my Love Blue Give Gold gift tax-deductible?
Yes, your gift is tax-deductible. You will receive an email confirmation that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes. If you do not receive this email confirmation, please email lovebluegivegold [at] stedwards.edu for help.
Can I make a recurring gift during Love Blue Give Gold?
Donors can start recurring gifts during Love Blue Give Gold. When making your gift, select “Recurring” and fill in your preferences.