For the first time in Mendoza history, Executive MBA classes in both South Bend and Chicago achieved 100 percent participation for their respective Class Legacy fundraising campaigns. Their generosity will benefit future students through increased access to fellowships.
“I’m blown away by the unprecedented generosity of both 2014 classes,” says Jim Cunningham MBA ’13, associate director of graduate business annual giving. “It’s really exciting that they accomplished this milestone. We are so grateful for their dedication to improve an already great program.”
Cunningham says each class brought in more than $44,000 in pledges. The South Bend class had 56 students and the Chicago class had 66.
Tim Doyle FIN ’84, EMBA ’14 worked on behalf of the South Bend class along with classmates Mark Mathieson, MaryAnn Pranke and Leslie Iglesias. The class chose to donate its first $25,000 to sponsor Study Room 103 in the Stayer Center for Executive Education with the remaining proceeds funding Executive MBA fellowships.
“We felt it was important to continue to lay foundations at Notre Dame so future students can receive the benefits of the University and the Mendoza College,” Doyle says. “Some of our classmates have young kids at home, so it was a sacrifice for them to pledge. But it shows how important their Notre Dame experience was to them. It was nice to celebrate 100 percent participation together at the end of the program.”In Chicago, MBA students Phil Hague, Nick Herold and Ross Plagman led the campaign efforts. “We knew going in that we would do well,” says Hague. “We had a very close class. And our classmates really wanted the money we raised to stay in Chicago to help that program through fellowships. We had a nice cheer when we announced we had 100 percent. I think people saw it as a team effort and another way to show our unity.”
In addition to all members of both classes participating, Adjunct Management Professor Chris Stevens ’74 contributed to the South Bend campaign after being inspired by the group’s campaign presentation. An anonymous donor generously matched the pledge total of the South Bend class.
“These two classes have truly left their legacy at Mendoza,” Cunningham says. “They will undoubtedly inspire generosity from future classes, and the Executive MBA program will be stronger as a result.”