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UAlbany Class of 2008 Donates Largest Gift in University's History
More than $16,000 in donations helps fund new ambulance for Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

2008 Senior Class Gift

Nicholas Fahrenkopf presents a check for more than $16,300 to purchase a new ambulance for Five Quad. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 2, 2008) -- The University at Albany-SUNY's 2008 Senior Class left its mark on the campus by donating more than $16,300 to UAlbany. Funds from the Senior Class Gift will be used toward a new ambulance for Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service, a New York State certified ambulance service run and operated by UAlbany students.

A record number of University seniors participated in the Senior Class Gift with 484 students pledging donations. The class was challenged by Interim President George M. Philip, Foundation Board President George Hearst, and Acting Vice President for Development Fardin Sanai, who each pledged $1,000 if more than 300 students donated this year.

"This gift is a testament to the overwhelming generosity of students in UAlbany's graduating class and their ability to step up to a challenge for the betterment of the campus community," said Philip.

"The students rallied around this project and truly made it their own," said Sanai. "It's exciting to see such a sense of community among our graduating class."

"The Senior Class Gift is our chance to leave a lasting impression on our alma mater and leave the University in a better situation than we found it, and I hope we've done that," said senior Nick Fahrenkopf, who presented Philip with the check at commencement.

The Senior Class Gift, which is donated through The University at Albany Foundation, is a way for student to give back to the University at Albany, and serves as a living tribute to great memories, an outstanding education, and a bright future. Previous gifts include a bronze sculpture of UAlbany’s Great Dane mascot, art work in the Campus Center, and scholarships for needy students.

Since its founding in 1973, Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc. has been serving the University at Albany community, as well as the surrounding areas of Albany and Guilderland. Five Quad is a New York State certified ambulance agency that is run and operated by University at Albany students. Five Quad is successfully able to provide Basic Life Support 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters. Each semester, Five Quad has 50-90 active members (including actively participating alumni), 20-30 members-in-training, and two functional ambulances.

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