They may have moved on to the next chapter in their lives, but today the CSU Dominguez Hills’ Class of 2014 added to its legacy with a $2,939 Senior Class Gift of good health for the students, faculty and staff who work out in the university’s fitness center.
The gift will be used to purchase new treadmills to replace some of the aging ones currently in the center.
Alumnus and former Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Gavin Centeno (Class of ’14, B.S., public administration) presented the check on Sept. 2 during Welcome Week to Acting Director of Athletics Jamie Bouyer on behalf of the Class of 2014.
“This is great. I will update the treadmills that we already have. It’s always nice to be able to provide the most up-to-date technology and equipment when it comes to fitness,” said Bouyer. “When I got the phone call saying that the Senior Class of 2014 wanted to donate almost $3,000 to our fitness center, I was ecstatic. Health and wellness is a life-long endeavor and it really benefits everyone on campus.”
The 2014-15 Senior Class Gift Campaign officially began with current ASI President Christopher Fernandez making the first contribution at the ceremony. Centeno then challenged Fernandez and the Class of 2015 to double the 2014 gift. After a student vote, the 2015 Senior Class Gift will go to support an additional water bottle filling station on campus. A similar water fountain is located in the Loker Student Union and allows students to fill their reusable water bottles with fresh, filtered water.
“I accept this challenge from Former President Centeno on behalf of the Class of 2015 and I begin by donating the first check to the campaign in the amount of $20.15,” said Fernandez. “So I want to further challenge the Class of 2015, along with faculty, staff and other students, to donate to the Senior Class Gift Campaign this year. Go Toros!”
More than 80 donations, including those from faculty, the University Bookstore, DH Sports Lounge, and raised during a fundraiser at El Pescador Bar & Grill, went to the collaborative Alumni Association and ASI iGave Senior Class Gift Campaign to purchase the treadmills.
Promotional iGave T-shirts were given to those who donated, including to Maxi Rodriquez (Class of ’14, B.A., graphic design).
”It’s all about fitness and promoting health, so more power to us,” said Rodriquez. “It was either that or more iPads, but last year’s class donated those, so we wanted to help the fitness center. And I’m glad the center is open to everyone [students, faculty and staff]. It’s all about wellness for everyone.”
For the Class of 2015 Senior Gift Campaign, donations of $20.15 or more are being accepted, with forms available at the University Bookstore, ASI office in the Loker Student Union, or the Office of Alumni Programs, Welch Hall C-490.
For more information on ways to contribute, visit the Senior Class Gift webpage.