Students Today, Alumni Forever (STAF) is a student-run philanthropy organization at Misericordia University.

STAF is the forerunner of philanthropy based actions, and it is divided into two sub-categories: class-based projects or student organization projects (ie. athletic teams, affinity groups, based on majors, etc.). STAF is required to set a monetary/participation goal each year with development and student leaders. Partnerships of staff, faculty and students may also be formed (ie. managed by students and advised by staff).

Mission and Goals of STAF

Our purpose is to educate, engage and excite current Misericordia students about the concept of philanthropy.

To educate Misericordia students, beginning their first year- the spirit of philanthropy is a tradition at Misericordia University. We educate students about the impact of gifts and volunteering across campus. Every gift- no matter the size positively impacts education, opportunities, and campus life.

To engage students in a meaningful way by building pride in Misericordia and cultivating a culture of philanthropy that empowers them to serve as philanthropic leaders and advocates for the university.

To excite students about becoming Alumni Forever so that they continue to strengthen their connection with their Misericordia family.

STAF is a resource for any group who is interested in living the culture of philanthropy by providing presentations focusing on philanthropy from fellow students and/or faculty, social media networking, publications of any kind, and networking with alumni or professional staff at Misericordia University.

STAF Events

Students Today, Alumni Forever (STAF) is not just all work and no play. We make time for fun…we get together for group-bonding activities throughout the academic year, building life-long friendships in the process.

STAF Events Include:
Giving Day
Alumni Pie (spring/winter)
Penny Wars

Here are some events/fun activities we did as a group!

#MannequinChallenge 2016

Show Your Love to Misericordia University

Archie's Crime

Recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

For its benevolence and efforts to grow a sense of lasting philanthropy among students, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, presented the student organization with the 2018 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award at the annual luncheon on Philanthropy Day.

The Senate of Pennsylvania also presented the student organization with a proclamation signed by Sen. John T. Yudichak and President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati III in recognition of their philanthropic efforts.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, NEPA Chapter, celebrated philanthropy by honoring those who have improved the quality of life in the region. Misericordia University’s student-run philanthropic organization, Students Today, Alumni Forever, received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award at the annual luncheon on Philanthropy Day.

Cougar Challenge

Imagine what your lives would be like without Misericordia! You’re creating friends, memories, gaining knowledge and having amazing experiences! These incredible experiences empower and provide you with a broader perspective of the world beyond the ‘arch’, your home during your academic years.

Each year, Cougars participate in a long-established philanthropic tradition, this is your opportunity to shape this legacy while establishing your own. Look around you: the campus has been made better, and like you, has grown from the generosity of others and their philanthropic support.

TOGETHER, we can change lives and impact the Future of Misericordia!

Suggested Philanthropic Amounts by Class Year

Through this challenge, you can double the impact of your gift! Every gift counts- Dr. and Mrs. Botzman are committed to creating a culture of philanthropy on campus and beyond. Dr. and Mrs. Botzman will match class contributions in their totality according to the following schedule:

Dollar for dollar EVERY ‘individual’ class gift made up to $1,000;

For a gift that pushes the ‘individual’ class gift total over $1,000, they will ADD another $500;

If 20% of the class makes a gift, they’ll ADD another $500.

Join the Cougar Challenge Now
There are several ways you can participate in the Cougar Challenge, and YOU DECIDE where to make an IMPACT (scholarships, educational programs, athletics, and MORE):

Stop by the Students Today, Alumni Forever headquarters (Mercy Hall, rm 213) or call
(570) 674-6768

See one of your assigned Class Officers or STAF representative

Mail a check, made payable to: Misericordia University, to the following address:
University Advancement
c/o Cougar Challenge
301 Lake St, Dallas PA 18612

Past Student Impact Results

Class of 2016 (13%) participation: $4955.86, includes 25 individual philanthropic gifts of $1081.45
Supported Spring Break Service Trips.

Class of 2015 (7%) participation: $6322.40, includes 24 individual philanthropic gifts of $432.40
Supported the Joan Krause Emergency Fund, which helps students who are going through any sort of personal crisis or emergency involving them or their families and need immediate financial help.

Cougar Challenge Leaders

Thank you for your support!

Class of 2016
Class participation
Rachel Alles
Lailani Augustine
Allison Beltz
Christin Bourjolly
Legitime Bourjolly
Janel Boyer
Sarah Brassington
Amanda Casem
Nora Chan
Ryan Evans
Courtney Fichthorn
Jacob Gadd
Courtney Garloff
Amy Koch
John Lacomy, Jr.
Justin Maggio
Jennifer Mathiesen
Allison McIntyre
Kerrin McKeever
Carol Melso
Mason Moher
Jennifer Natishak
Leane Pace
Michael Pheasant
Jeff Puckett
Karen Rich
Juana Riggsbee-Cottman
Zack Sabaday
Nicole Schwartz
Alyssa Sedor
Amanda Slaughter
Alicia Stavitzski
Daniel Supple
Maria Talavera
Marialena Tencza

Class of 2015
7% Class participation
Conor Brennan
Emilia Castro
Daniella DeVivo
Susan Elder
Thomas Gernhart
Kelsey Gillette
Adrienne Guzman
Ryan Hackett
Lacey McCourt
Katherine Murphy
Sharon Partee
Tozia Pierre
Perry Santosus
Jennifer Schell
Alexandria Smith
Danielle Tattersall
Rebecca Welsch
Robert Wiacek
Patrick Widdos
Samantha Zaykoski

Apply to be a member of STAF!

Are you a Misericordia student that is interested in joining Students Today, Alumni Forever?

Click here to fill out an application!

Contact Us

Contact Us
Misericordia University Students Today, Alumni Forever- or call (570) 674-6768.

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