Making Her Own Call
After four years of working as a Student Development Representative and Senior Manager Assistant of Caller Performance in the Call Center for the University of Illinois Foundation, Priyanka Bhargava, a senior with a double major in psychology and political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, thought she had experienced just about everything the job had to offer. But earlier this fall, she found herself in uncharted waters.
Her mother’s name appeared on her evening call list. “My mother has an MS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I knew that she had supported her program in the past. However, I was still quite surprised when I saw her name and knew that I would be the one asking her to renew her gift.” Just like so many calls that Priyanka has made since her freshmen year, the conversation was successful and her mother made a contribution. “It was a fun phone call and it will be another great memory of my time at Illinois.”
This fall brought another first when Priyanka decided to make her own gift to Illinois. “Having worked in the Call Center for most of my Illinois experience, I know what a difference private support makes for students. I always knew that I would make my own gifts after I graduated, but I decided that it would send a strong message if I made my first gift while I am still a student.” Priyanka made her gift to the Partnership for Psychology Fund. “I have loved all of my classes and professors. The program is highly ranked and I know that my gift will help provide resources to keep the program strong for future students.”
Priyanka is grateful to the alumni and friends who give to Illinois each year. And she has a special message for recent graduates, “Every night in the Call Center I see how small gifts add up to make a big impact. Start giving now. Just think about the number of Illinois students we could help if every alum gave each year.”
Many thanks to the 93 Student Development Representatives who made an annual gift to Illinois.