Giving Day funds to benefit students

Giving Day scenes 2024

Sixty-two generous donors contributed on Giving Day, April 16. As part of the day's events, the school hosted a popup All In Café, giving away coffee and swag.

More donors contribute for Field Study Career Summit

An increased number of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the School of Social Ecology made donations during Giving Day and their generosity will help fund the Field Study Career Summit for students and alumni.

“We are astounded by, and grateful for, the record-setting number of contributors who offered their support, not just to our school, but most importantly to our undergraduates, who will benefit even more from our world-class Field Study Program,” says Jon Gould, dean of the school.

This year’s donors numbered 62 — 20 more than last year. Among them were alumnus Pete Fischler (’80, B.A. social ecology) and his wife Amy Ng, who contributed a $5,000 matching gift. Other donors included 36 alumni and 18 faculty and staff members and a number of people who chose to remain anonymous.

Students also made donations as encouraged at the school’s All In Café popup, where staff members served cold brew coffee and gave away swag.

Career Summit

The school’s first Field Study Career Summit, a day-long event for students and alumni, will be held in the fall. 

Students and alumni will have the opportunity to participate and work on developing their professional career trajectory.

Studies show that two-thirds of college graduates struggle to begin their careers after graduation. The summit aims to change that by offering participants professional headshots, interviewing skills, communication skills, time-management skills, resume-building workshops, LinkedIn profile tips and an internship and career fair. 

In addition, attendees will hear from recent graduates and long-time alumni on how they are putting their School of Social Ecology degree to practice and what knowledge they have found helpful in their career. Field Study site partners also will speak about employment opportunities. The event will conclude with a social networking hour. 

Field Study

Since 1970, Field Study has been a requirement for students seeking a baccalaureate degree from the school. It is an element of the school’s commitment to training future leaders. Through coursework and field placement, students tackle the pressing issues confronting business and community leaders locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

Giving Opportunity

If you are interested in donating toward the Field Study Career Summit, contact Stacy Skwarlo at or 949-824-0383.