Letter to the editor

Dear students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Xavier University,
We want to thank everyone in the Xavier community for the outstanding support during the March Gladness campaign. As chairs of the March Gladness Street Team, we were fortunate enough to witness the Xavier community, here in Cincinnati, across the country and even in multiple countries across the globe, come together to share why it loves XU.

Because of your involvement, this year’s campaign was an extraordinary success. During the 48 hours of March Gladness, over 1,800 people used #GladXavier on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Students posted about life-changing Alternative Break trips, and alumni described how classes enhanced their professional careers.

We were inspired by the common theme among the posts: this school is their home, and our fellow Musketeers are their family. We encourage everyone to go online and check out the “Best of #GladXavier” on the March Gladness website to see just how much this school has impacted generations of Xavier students.

In addition to the love on social media, March Gladness was a major success financially. Together, we broke records with donations — both the dollar amount and the number of donors. 662 donors contributed during the campaign, and $103,707.16 was raised — a 234 percent increase from last year.

It is especially significant to us that each donation came with a personal #GladXavier story. Donors included graduates of the Psychology Department who raised funds to send current students to professional conferences, a four-year-old student at the Montessori Lab School who gave her own money as a way to give back to a school she loves and numerous current students who gave money to the places and organizations they love at Xavier. Each dollar donated not only showed Xavier pride but also allows Xavier to support students as they go out and set the world on fire.

March Gladness was successful because of your involvement. The passion and dedication displayed turned March Gladness into the most successful social media engagement and giving campaign in Xavier’s history. We are especially #GladXavier for all of you.
Thank you,

Molly Dugan and Drew Dziedzic