Alumni Jennifer Wade Baxter ’97, James Carbo ’97, and Michael Parkinson, MS ’98, MBA ‘01 talk about why they give back to their alma mater.
You all actively support Marymount. What motivates you to do this, and how do you select the particular project or programs you want to support?
James: I feel that I have a responsibility to give back to the community that has given me so much in terms of who I am as a person, both professionally and spiritually. I have had the pleasure of giving to the Annual Fund, the 26th Street project, and the Alumni Association Board Scholarship. I chose these causes because I know that my donations have a direct impact on students and their Marymount experience.
Jennifer: I was excited about the 26th Street project and wanted to be a part of it. When I saw the options for gifts, I knew that purchasing a bench would be a great way to “give back” to MU by providing the funding for something that will be used by students.
Michael: My sister Gale and I thought that establishing a scholarship in our parent’s name would be a small way of repaying the effort and time that they put into our educations when we were younger. Their attitude toward education paid dividends not only because of the educations we received but also – almost more importantly – because of the classmates we met who are still our friends today.
Why do you feel that Marymount is a good investment?
Jennifer: Marymount has come a long way since it was founded as a women’s college in 1950, and it’s continuing to grow every day. It has a lot to offer the community. With alumni support, Marymount can continue to grow to be a truly great university!
James: MU is shaping the lives of men and women in the United States and around the world. I have recently met international students from Mongolia and Kenya who are “going home” to make their communities a better place now that they have finished their studies at Marymount. And, as this University continues to grow, my degree becomes more valuable. I would ask how is MU not a good investment!?
Michael: I have seen the effort and enthusiasm that Marymount’s faculty and staff put into their work. I believe that money donated to Marymount is put to good use – in my mind, that’s a key factor in the decision to make any charitable donation.
What message would you like to send to others about giving back to Marymount?
Jennifer: When we were in school, there were alumni giving back to help support different areas of the University. Now it’s our turn to give back whenever we can, in any way, small or large, to ensure a successful future for Marymount and its students.
James: I like that there are many ways to contribute. You can make a gift in honor of your favorite professor; you can give to the Athletic Department; you can support a scholarship to help a student in need. Marymount is not asking that everybody give $1,000; if each alum and friend of the University would just give whatever he or she can afford, it would make a tremendous difference.
Michael: To both undergraduate and graduate alumni, I would suggest that everyone stay connected with Marymount. Whether it’s a basketball game, an alumni gathering, or a Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture, Marymount has a lot to offer. And by giving back, we help keep those opportunities alive and well.