Koshman, a student recruitment officer, has worked at the U of L since 2016. When a co-worker told her about the positive experience she’d had serving on the Supporting Our Students (SOS) committee, Koshman decided it was just the kind of committee she wanted to join.
“SOS makes giving back to students incredibly easy,” she says. “Anyone who works at the University is privileged to have a good job, so it’s easy to take a little bit of that every month and give back to students who might be struggling.”
McGeough, an archaeology professor in the Department of Geography & Environment, was recruited by friends on the committee who knew he was dedicated to student scholarships.
“When I joined, I found a great group of people; it was a committee where everybody wanted to be there,” he says. “I soon learned it was a grass roots movement to raise funds for students. I really appreciated that and I realized it was a valuable way for faculty and staff to express their concern and care for students.”
While some SOS donors support students in need or crisis, others give to recognize student excellence or to honour colleagues.
“The program is really flexible that way; donors can direct their funds to whatever area they want to support,” says McGeough.