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Senior class gifts aid library campaign, local non-profit

May 8, 2012 : By Bethany Pico/Liberty University News Service

UPDATE: The senior class raised $15,000 for the new Jerry Falwell Library and just over $500 for the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center.

Thomas Turner, SGA senior class president, talks about the senior class gift during a special senior convocation.

Liberty University seniors traditionally give back to the school every year, leaving a lasting legacy. This year, the Class of 2012 is giving a two-part senior class gift, donating to the Jerry Falwell Library and the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center.

The library is named in honor of Liberty founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., who 40 years ago had the vision to build a world-class Christian university. The four-story, 170,000-square-foot library will be the first building at Liberty to be named in his honor and will include a museum that will memorialize his life and ministry.

Seniors have donated money to this project and for their efforts, an area in the library will be named in honor of the Class of 2012. At Commencement, seniors who have donated $20 or more will wear a special green cord.

“Most of us won’t see or use this building, but someone will,” Student Government Association senior class president Thomas Turner said. “Underclassmen that come here in the future will see the fruits of our labors and that means a lot.”

The second gift was a donation to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center for a mobile unit. The Center exists to offer hope and answers to women in crisis pregnancies. A mobile unit will allow the pregnancy center to reach rural areas.

Turner said the seniors wanted to do something “for the cause of life.”

At the start to the spring semester, the senior class partnered with the freshmen class and co-hosted a back-to-school night where the majority of the funds were raised.

“It was a really big deal for me because I am very passionately pro-life. I do believe that all life comes from God and all life is valuable from beginning to end. It’s our obligation as Christians to stand in the gap for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Turner said.

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