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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Monday, June 24, 2024
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University hosts first ‘I Love Taylor’ week in May

School hopes to raise funds

The Office of Advancement at Taylor is launching its first annual ‘I Love Taylor’ week. 

The goal of the week is to create space for people to share how they have been positively impacted by Taylor, and to raise money for the Taylor Fund. The week is set for May 3-7.

The events of the week are multifaceted, consisting of a scavenger hunt for bobbleheads of Jeff Wallace, carpool karaoke and a social media campaign. 

The university hopes to raise money to multiply the Taylor Fund. The week can be summed up by its tagline, “A week of giving for Taylor.” 

“99% of students who come to Taylor receive some kind of financial aid,” Jonathon Forte (‘17), director of the Taylor Fund, said. “The Taylor Fund directly impacts the lives of students by making Taylor more affordable to everyone.”

Anyone that has been affected by the Taylor community can be involved — including students, families, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees and friends of Taylor.

To take part in the week, an individual can post on social media, or engage in on-campus events. Forte emphasized the importance of student involvement to ensure this tradition lives on for years to come.

The event carries deep roots and was inspired by the ability to make a tangible difference in the lives of students at Taylor. 

Forte said. “Because of this, all aspects of the Taylor community have stepped up in different ways.”

The Board of Trustees has doubled their donation to the Taylor Fund and laid the foundation for the possibility of a million-dollar match during the week. Additionally, parents of students at Taylor are serving as ambassadors for the week. To do this, they are posting and calling attention to the ways that they love Taylor. 

On campus, students are volunteering to run events throughout the week.

One of these student volunteers is sophomore Kenley Blake, who works in the Office of Advancement. 

“This year I’m involved with generating student excitement about ‘I Love Taylor week,’” Blake said, “I’m helping with event planning and creating social media content to build up campus energy.”

Like Forte, Blake hopes that the Taylor Fund will benefit exponentially from this event, and in turn, benefit students across campus. 

Look for more information posted on the Taylor University Instagram page.