Lighting up the night for a cause

Jean Georges
Staff Writer

MU launches its 2014 Get UP and Glow 5K run/walk to benefit the Senior Class Gift

With graduation just around the corner, MU is all set to launch its Get up and Glow 5K run/walk. The race, which celebrates the end of the semester, sends off graduating seniors and helps raise money for the Senior Class Gift, will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 9:15 p.m. in the SMC Promenade clock tower area. 

Get UP and Glow Poster-2_editSponsored by the peer educators of the Center for Health Education and Promotion and the Class of 2014, the event will feature music, refreshments, prizes and of course—racing. An April 7 pre-registration deadline was fixed for the event, but race-day sign-ups will take place from 8:15 -8:45 p.m. at the race table. The cost for registration is $20. 

“At the Get Up and Glow, those who have pre-registered will be able to come and pick up their race materials, and those who have not registered can register,” said senior Casey Freeborn, a business administration major and a Senior Class Gift committee member. “At 9:15 the race will begin and last until the final contestant crosses the finish line.” 

T-shirts will be supplied to all pre-registrants and will be available on a first come basis to all other participants. Glow bracelets, a signature item of Get Up and Glow, will be given out to racers for each kilometer finished. A $50 cash award goes to the top male and female winners. 

It’s all part of an effort that helps to raise money for the Class of 2014 Senior Gift. Each year, the Senior Class selects a gift to the University. Announced at the beginning of the spring semester, the gift this year will be the renovation of the volleyball courts in the South Quad. 

“The committee came up with a few ideas [for the Senior Class Gift] and picked the best. Committee member Michael London felt that restoring the volleyball court was a great way for seniors to leave their mark on ‘The New ‘Ville,’” said Senior Class Gift committee member Mary Rose, a graduate student in school psychology. 

The selection was one in a long line of Senior Gifts. “The tradition of a Senior Class Gift dates back to 1866 when the gift was first awarded,” said Lorie Mahoney ’13, assistant director for reunion planning & giving at MU. “The first Class Gift was an oil painting of Dr. Andrew R. Byerly, professor of Latin and Greek, which is currently in storage in the University’s archives collection.” 

Another fundraising event that helped benefit the Class Gift was the YoFro Fundraiser held on March 27. 

“The YoFro Fundraiser was a success. We raised over $70. Prior to the event, we handed out coupons that anyone could present when paying for their frozen yogurt at the YoFro at the Manor shopping Center in Lancaster, and 20 percent of the proceeds from their order went towards the Senior Class Gift,” said Freeborn. 

Close to $3,000 has been raised so far for the Senior Gift. In addition to Get Up and Glow and YoFro fundraisers, the committee sold honorary messages for the Honorary Message Booklet to be distributed at Commencement on May 10. 

There is yet another opportunity for students to celebrate graduation and help raise funds for the renovation of volleyball courts. All graduating seniors are invited to attend the Senior Send-Off dance in Lehr Room, Gordinier Hall on May 1. The event is free, but the committee will ask students to make a donation to benefit the Senior Class Gift. The party begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Lehr Room of Gordinier Hall on campus. The committee will supply refreshments, great music for dancing, a photo booth to capture the memories and a gift for every grad. 

For registration for the Senior Send-Off, visit The registration deadline is April 25.