Senior class leaves its mark on CU with construction of new plaza
Planned for completion by 2010, CU’s 2008 graduates are hoping to build a plaza and an area for students to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Funded through enrollment deposit donations from the senior class, the Senior Class Council is planning to construct an outdoor plaza as a way for students to remember the class of 2008.
The plaza will feature benches, grills and trees and will be located near Hallet Hall.
“Our main avenue of funding is from donations using a student calling center,” said senior political science major Darcy Anton, who is a chair of the Senior Class Gift project. “We’re asking grad students to donate their enrollment deposits of $200, which gets held [by the university] until you graduate.”
Senior Class Council is a group of 12 to 15 students created to help develop a sense of community among the senior class.
Student feedback from the Grad Fair and tabling showed overwhelming support for the construction of an outdoor plaza. Other suggestions included the beautification of the underpass from Broadway to Regent.
“I think it’s a great idea and future classes will appreciate it,” said Dieter Raemdonck, a senior political science major and member of the Senior Class Council. “It is something that people will see and will reflect well on the university.”
The construction of the plaza is part of a sister project with CU to build a three level community center with underground parking.
Many of the amenities on campus have been gifts, such as the computers located throughout buildings on campus. The reconstruction of Farrand Field was also result of a gift to CU.
“Personally, I feel I’ve had a great four years here, and I want students to have that as well,” Anton said.
Seniors can expect to receive calls from the calling center starting April 17 and ending after graduation. Members of the Senior Gift project said they hope to raise more money for the construction.
“The more donations we receive, the better the plaza will be,” Anton said.
Senior international affairs major Whitney Bombard plans to donate her $200 deposit toward construction of the plaza.
“It would be cool to come back after four years and see our senior gift,” Bombard said. “I think it’s a great idea.”
Contact Campus Press Staff Writer Brittany Sovine at Brittany.Sovine@colorado.edu.