Friday February 12, 2016

I Love UD

The annual I Love UD campaign kicks off Monday to celebrate the University of Dayton community and encourage alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to Learn. Lead. Share.

The campaign launches at 12:15 p.m. Monday in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge with brief remarks and music from the pep band. Attendees are also asked to donate goods for Homefull and T-shirts for St. Vincent de Paul at the event.

"I Love UD is a time for the whole campus community — alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends — to join in celebrating what we most love about the University of Dayton and share that love with others," said Chris Morrison, interim vice president for advancement.

"This year's celebration emphasizes sharing, so we're inviting our community to send a message about their Flyer love which we'll give to the class of 2020  — our newest Flyers — and to make a gift to the I Love UD scholarship fund,” he said.

The goal is to raise $120,000 for scholarships to help current students who face unexpected financial hardships finish their educations.

Faculty, staff and students and alumni are also encouraged to volunteer in the community during the campaign, which goes through Feb. 29.

Last year, during I Love UD, the campus community donated 1,200 shirts, 100 backpacks filled with goods and more than 2,500 hours of service. More than 800 people also gave to help build the LEED-certified “I Love UD” house in the south student neighborhood.

I Love UD also supports the University’s Black History Month events. The full list of Black History Month events is available in the related links.

Other I Love UD events include “Breakup Days” Feb. 18, 22 and 23 for students to breakup with another school by donating apparel from that school in exchange for an I Love UD T-shirt. The donations will go to St. Vincent de Paul.

More information is available online at udayton.edu/ILoveUD.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.

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