Future classes benefit from students' giving

As students in most of UBC's faculties were kicking off their annual Class Act Appeal Jan. 20, students in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences were counting their donations.

The Class Act Appeal, part of the university's Annual Fund campaign, is an opportunity for students to contribute toward a goal they establish for their faculty, whether it's the purchase of computer equipment, the establishment of a student endowment or improvements to student lounge facilities.

Fourth-year pharmacy students Danielle Nicholas and Greg Shepherd got a jump on the annual campaign this year and brought in donations from 69 per cent of their classmates before they started internships at the beginning of the term. Pharmacy students contributed close to $11,000.

Agricultural Sciences students also got a jump on the campaign with an eye to having something they can benefit from before the end of the term. With a matching donation from the faculty dean's office, the students plan to have a computer and scanner in place in time for final papers.

While participation rates vary among faculties, the Faculty of Dentistry has boasted 100 per cent participation for three consecutive years.