On May 5, a 9,000 pound boulder was delivered to the Geneva College campus to sit beside the Student Center and Old Main. The spirit boulder is a gift of the senior class with the hope that it will promote campus spirit and become an ongoing college tradition.
"This gift is a very simple and visible way to give back to the school that has had such a huge impact on our lives. Hopefully, subsequent classes will have the desire and ability to contribute something similar," says Student Body President Kathleen Bolton.
Seniors began fundraising for the four-to-five foot boulder in the January 2010 and by May had exceeded their goal of $750. The money they raised was matched dollar for dollar by the Geneva College Student Union (GCSU). Students will be able to paint the rock to advertise campus events, communicate announcements and promote campus pride.
In the past, other classes have given gifts to the college, but the tradition has been dormant for a number of years. The class of 2009 brought back the senior gift by planting shrubs in the shape of a G, and this year′s class is the first to fund their gift using individual donations.
"Perhaps a bit unusual is the gift of a huge rock," says Rachel Long, senior class secretary. "It is a new idea that holds lots of possibilities for memories."
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).