When Jennifer Lee ’03 visits the College, she feels as if she is home. “I still feel the way I felt the first time I stepped on campus, like every little spot was made for me,” she said.
Lee is co-chair of the Ivy Society, which recognizes donors who make financial contributions to Randolph for five or more consecutive years. She tries to be creative in her gift giving, such as making donations in amounts that reflect the year she graduated. “It’s just to have fun and make a habit of it,” she said.
Consistent donors like Lee make a big impact on the College and its students.
“Every donor is important to Randolph College, whether they give $1 million or $25,” said John E. Klein, president. “Jennifer is one of the youngest members of our Ivy Society, and her commitment to the College is much appreciated. Gifts from consistent donors help us continue to provide the excellent educational experience our students need.”
Giving back comes naturally to Lee, who grew up in Clark County in Northern Virginia. She returned home after graduation and works as a preschool teacher at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.
“My parents set a strong example of being involved and volunteering,” said Lee, who is the daughter of Barbara Pickeral Lee ’66. “Volunteerism is huge and a big part of my community. It’s really important to me.”
The experiences Lee had at the College are important to who she is today. A classics major, Lee also minored in American culture and theatre. In 2000, she participated in the Greek Play production of Antigone.
“I always come back for the Greek Play, and a lot of my fond academic memories come from the American Culture Program. I felt like that was where I was being challenged, and my mind was really expanding at the time,” she said.
She has also served on the Alumnae Leadership Council and as an assistant class agent and presents an annual book award from the College at her high school. Lee feels proud to give to the College so a new generation of students can benefit from opportunities similar to those she had.
“The more I learn about things that are going on at the College, the easier it is to get involved and get others involved,” she said. “I think the spirit of giving is kind of universal.”