Saint Louis University

Senior donor Neil Peterson.
Senior donor Niel Peterson. Submitted photo

For senior Niel Peterson, giving back to Saint Louis University does not even need a second thought.

"I choose to give back to SLU because of all it has given to me — my excellent education, my study abroad experience, all the friends and people I have met and the service opportunities," said Peterson, donor.

Peterson is just one of the seniors who were invited to the Senior Donor Happy Hour happening today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Humphrey's Restaurant and Tavern. This event is a part of Celebrate Generosity week, co-sponsored by the office of Giving Program and the Class Legacy Program.

"I think it's a great way for seniors to start giving back if they haven't already and it's a celebration of us — seniors," he said.

Seniors who have made a gift of $20 or more this year are invited to attend. Those who would like to make a gift and attend the Senior Donor Happy Hour will have the opportunity to do so at the door. Billiken bucks will also be accepted at the event.

"People should give back because of what SLU has given to them," Peterson said. "Students and alumni should want to give so that other students have the opportunity to attend SLU and get the same quality education and experience that they had."

SLU brings people from all over the world to receive an outstanding education, he said.

"I love the culture that SLU has because there are so many different backgrounds, customs and things to learn from other people," Peterson said. "By bringing students from all over the world, I have the opportunity to meet so many people from different backgrounds and cultures."

Peterson expects to graduate this May with a degree in Leadership and Change Management with a minor in Information Technology Management. He is one of the many students who have chosen to give back to SLU and plan to continue giving long after graduation.