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  Robert E. Craves speaks at the dedication of the Craves Family Alumni Center.

The Craves Family Alumni Center Dedicated

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and invited guests gathered on Friday, April 13, for the blessing and dedication ceremony of the Craves Family Alumni Center, the new home of the Office of Alumni Relations. The center is named in honor of Robert E. Craves, B.A. 1965, and his wife, Gerri, for their generous gift to the University. As a trustee and an alumnus, Robert Craves believes in his responsibility to support the University financially. Over the years, students have benefited from the Craves’ generosity through scholarship support. Now the entire CUA community will benefit from their generosity through the creation of the new alumni center, which is now located in a newly renovated part of Father O'Connell Hall. All alumni are encouraged to stop by when they are on campus.

Students Compete to Thank Donors

Students from the Knights of Columbus make calls to donors.


The inaugural SIPPY Cup, hosted by Students in Philanthropy (SIP), continues to be a success. Throughout March and April, three student groups (athletics, Knights of Columbus, and the Student Association General Assembly) gathered separately in the evenings to call CUA donors and thank them for their support of the University. Currently, one other student group is scheduled to make calls and several student organizations have inquired about scheduling a calling night. In total, 600 donors were thanked by 37 students. In addition to making thank-you calls, students signed thank-you notes that were mailed to donors as a follow-up.

The response from students and donors continues to be positive. Students are excited to speak with donors. During many calls, they have been able to learn about the donor and their reasons for giving. Students express amazement at how much of an impact donors have. Donors enjoy speaking with current students and hearing about their experiences.

The winners of the 2012 SIPPY Cup will be announced in the fall. The organization with the highest rate of calls will be declared the winner.

The Office of Institutional Advancement would like to thank the offices that have provided assistance for the 2012 SIPPY Cup campaign. A special thank you goes to Pierre Malochee, manager of telecommunications, for making sure the students had all the necessary tools to make these important phone calls.

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You Can Never Say Thank You Too Often

As the University’s fiscal year comes to a close, the Office of Institutional Advancement will send out a thank-you video to all members of the CUA community. If you would like to view the video, visit