A Tough Choice: Voting for the Senior Class Gift

October 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm 2 comments

The Allen Street Gates, when Allen Street continued through campus.

The Allen Street Gates, when Allen Street continued through campus.

The Senior Class Gift has been a Penn State tradition since the Class of ’61—that’s 1861! — donated a portrait of Evan Pugh to hang in Old Main. Among the more notable gifts through the decades: the Allen Street Gates (thank you, Class of 1916), the Celebration Garden at Rec Hall (great call, Class of 2007), and the gift that’s impossible to top, the Nittany Lion Shrine (bravo, Class of 1940).

Voting is under way now for the Class of 2010 gift. Seniors can vote online or in the HUB-Robeson Center for one of three options, detailed on the blog PSUseniors.com. The choices:

1. A public sculpture and endowed scholarship. The staff at the Palmer Museum of Art has installed the sculpture, by Harry Gordon, between Armsby and North Freer so voters (and the rest of us) can check it out.

2. A maintenance endowment for the HUB Aquarium (which was a gift of the Class of 1999).

3. A marsh meadow boardwalk and overlook for the Arboretum at Penn State.

It’s been a big month for class gifts. Just two weeks ago, the Old Main Bell was removed from its perch, thanks to the Class of 2009. It will be restored and displayed a ground level, enabling all of us to enjoy it.

The Class of 2010 winner will be announced next week, so stay tuned.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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  • 1. The Importance of Giving Back « Senior Year | Penn State  |  October 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    […] the last couple days over the Senior Class Gift Voting Week.  The Collegian, Onward State, and the Penn Stater Magazine have all covered the process.  The most interesting element came from a comment made at Onward […]

  • […] Voting for the Class of 2010 senior gift ended Monday, and the overwhelming choice was the Marsh Meadow Boardwalk and Overlook at the Arboretum. The final totals, announced Tuesday: 1,965 for the boardwalk, 435 for a public sculpture and endowed sculpture, and 418 for an endowment to maintain the HUB Aquarium. […]

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