Since 2014, Franklin has organized an annual event known as University Day. Initially created to celebrate accreditation as a university institution in Switzerland, University Day has grown into a platform for highlighting new and ongoing initiatives that can inspire the Franklin community with innovative ideas, new projects, and research opportunities. In 2018, University Day was combined with Giving Day, an annual fundraising event that includes a day-long donation challenge known as “One Day. One Purpose.” The goal is to assist our spectacular seniors in raising critical funding and engage the community to advance Franklin’s mission.

This year we will participate in Earth Month, a global initiative that emphasizes the critical need for solutions to environmental, sustainable, and climate issues, by focusing on sustainability projects and initiatives at Franklin. We will raise $50,000 to establish the Franklin University Switzerland Green Office, a student-led hub and a space for collaboration and real-world applications of sustainability policies within the university community and beyond.

University Day 2022, Wednesday, April 13

April 13th is University Day at Franklin, an annual celebration that features our innovative academic projects and highlights the accomplishments of our wonderful community. This year we will participate in Earth Month, a global initiative that emphasises the critical need for solutions to environmental, sustainable, and climate issues, by focusing on sustainability projects and initiatives at Franklin.

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Responsible leadership and sustainable development are key components of Franklin’s mission.

On University Day this year we will raise money to establish the Franklin University Switzerland Green Office, a student-led hub and a space for collaboration and real-world applications of sustainability policies within the university community and beyond.  As part of the global Green Office Movement, the Green Office at Franklin will involve students, staff, and academics working to advance sustainability initiatives. The Green Office will provide a central place for our community to seek solutions for a more sustainable campus and world.

What the FUS Green Office says
Grace Kotnik

Hi, my name is Grace Kotnik. I am majoring in Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Science and minoring in History and Social Justice and Sustainability. I am from San Diego, California USA, and enjoy hiking and reading. Being a Co-Founder of the FUS GO has allowed me to dive deeper into the role of sustainability at Higher Education Institutions. Working to implement the FUS GO project has helped me gain practical skills and has allowed me to communicate with various stakeholders. I am excited to see how the FUS GO continues to grow and bring positive change at Franklin and beyond.

Alejandra Malavenda

Hello, my name is Alejandra Malavenda. I am from Miami, Florida, USA and I am double majoring in Communication and Media Studies and Environmental Studies. Being a Co-Founder of the FUS GO has helped me realize how important it is to promote sustainability and student participation at universities. This project has helped our team empower students to learn about and integrate sustainable practices on campus.

Gabriella Teerlynck-Aviles

Hi, my name is Gabriella Teerlynck-Aviles, I am from Miami, Florida U.S.A and I am double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Science. Working as a Co-Founder on the Green Office project has been a great real-world experience opportunity, helping me learn how to implement sustainability practices at the university level.

Creating a healthier and prosperous planet through Franklin

Franklin University Switzerland education transforms wide-eyed, curious student adventurers into pragmatic future leaders with the skills to solve complex, systemic issues including those of climate change, inequality, injustice, and their root causes. Whether studying Finance, Environmental Science, Literature, Art, Political Science, or any of the other undergraduate majors or graduate programs available at Franklin, students end their university experience with an unparalleled ability to understand the complexity of global issues, embrace diverse perspectives on current events, and identify pervasive challenges. 

Franklin education furthermore embraces the intricacy needed to address complex systems change for a healthier, safer, and resilient planet. Franklin's education doesn’t just teach students how to help people or the planet, it shows them how to create a world where people don’t need to be helped and provides them with the vast array of tools and critical thinking skills to make this world a reality.

At Franklin, every gift makes a difference and participation matters.

Please join us on University Day this year as we celebrate Franklin and support our Green Office initiative. Our innovative and generous Franklin spirit is always at the heart of giving initiatives on University Day, and this year is no exception. Your gift reflects our community’s strong commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future and responsible leadership. #OneDayOnePurpose

MAKE A GIFT

Schedule
Time Activity Place
09:00-10:00 Senior breakfast sponsored by the Advancement Department Kaletsch Campus Conference Room
10:00-11:00 Graduating Seniors' meeting Nielsen Auditorium
10:00-11:00 Fall '22 Academic Travel meetings Kaletsch Campus and LAC Classrooms
11:15-12:30 Majors fair with raffle: declaring your major on university day automatically enters your name into a raffle to win a gift card! Grace Library
11:15-12:30 Spring '22 Showcase Nielsen Auditorium and Kaletsch Campus, classroom 1
11:30-
13:30
T-shirt decorating with Art Professor Clarice Zdanski Kaletsch Campus, Art Studio
12:30-14:00 Picnic on the President's Lawn: take advantage of our special discounted University Day meal plan price at the Grotto Grotto and President's Lawn
14:00-14:30 "Sustainable Finance Careers for Liberal Arts graduates" by Luca Re Cecconi, Director responsible for Business Development and Client Management at Rothschild & Co. Nielsen Auditorium
14:30-16:00 Student Academic Area Awards and Faculty Awards Nielsen Auditorium

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