Oct 13 2011


MISSOULA, MONT. – On October 13, The University of Montana Foundation and members of the Senior Challenge Class of 2011 and 2012 unveiled a map of the UM campus at the “M” on Mount Sentinel. The map is a drawing of UM from an aerial perspective detailing each building on campus. Each year, The University of Montana Foundation works with graduating students on the Senior Challenge campaign to encourage donations for a gift from the class to the University.
“This is just one way we can give back to the University for all it has done for us,” said Eric Stokes, 2011 Senior Challenge Chair. “It’s also a great way for us to leave our mark on campus in a positive way.”
A group of eight seniors served on the steering committee for the 2011 Senior Challenge. They brainstormed about where they wanted their gift to go, and came up with the idea of the map at the “M”, one of the most visited destinations on campus. With the assistance of UM Foundation staff, they received gifts from 114 classmates. In total, they raised more than $1,800 for the design and installation the new map. Funds not used for the map will go to the “MICK” fund, which provides assistance for students with financial need who are in good academic standing. Seniors were asked for a gift of $20.11 to commemorate their class year. 
“Senior Challenge is a way students can learn the importance of philanthropy,” said Tara Udall, associate director, annual giving, internal programs, UM Foundation, who was on the Senior Challenge committee just last year as a student. “Even a gift of $5 helps us toward the goal. It is important for students to know that giving back to the University is important whether it funds maps or scholarships for students.”
In past years, funds from this program have financed projects such as purchasing and planting two trees on the oval and placing a bike rack outside of The Payne Family Native American Center. 
The 2012 Senior Challenge campaign goal is to raise more than $2,500 for a gift to UM. To volunteer or give, please contact Tara Udall, 406-243-2575 or