Video: ‘Good’ Gorlok Thanks Donors as ‘I Heart Webster’ Week Kicks Off

| November 18, 2013

Student Ambassadors and members of Delta Phi Epsilon begin distributing “I Heart WU” t-shirts and collecting hundreds of “thank you” notes from students, faculty and staff at note-writing stations at Marletto’s and the University Center, commencing at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, to kick off The Great Thanks Project as the “heart” of I Heart WU Week.

This is part of a weeklong celebration of opportunities to share your love for Webster University and your own unique Webster experience. These events celebrate Webster pride, philanthropic efforts at the University and an opportunity to introduce students to successful alumni.

While Webster students around the world all benefit from the generosity of donors, the inaugural “I Heart WU” campaign will start small, focusing on the 2,459 students on the Webster Groves campus.

The Great Thanks Project: How It Works

The EAB. The Loretto-Hilton. The University Center. Eden Library. Programs. The scholarships. The study abroad opportunities and global internships. They all have stories that begin with the generosity of a donor. Throughout The Great Thanks Project, Webster students, faculty and staff will share the favorite parts of their personal Webster experience in the form of a hand-written message to those who help make it all possible – our donors.

From Nov. 18-21, Student Ambassadors and Delta Phi Epsilon will manage The Great Thanks Project note-writing stations at Marletto’s, the University Center from 11:30am-1pm, and from 4:30-5:30pm in the Sverdrup lobby, and the EAB’s Edward Jones Commons.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to write thank you notes to donors during lunch and before night classes. Donors’ names may be drawn by each participant from a bowl, and blank note cards are provided at the stations.

The first 300 participants in The Great Thanks Project will receive a free “I Heart WU” t-shirt.

Every participant in The Great Thanks Project will receive a ticket to the Big Ed Bash on Friday, Nov. 22.

Tues., Nov 19: Student and Alumni Leader Mixer

Student leaders are invited to a networking reception with the Alumni Board of Directors from 5-6 p.m. in Loretto Hall 402. See details at the calendar listing for this event.

Wed., Nov. 20: Donate $1, Throw a Pie

Students, faculty and staff who donate a dollar are able to participate in “Pie in Your Eye” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4-5pm at Marletto’s. Brave members of the Webster University community have volunteered to have pies thrown in their faces, which organizers hope will raise significant money for scholarships and also demonstrate to students how even small donations can make a difference.  Approximately 68 percent of the gifts that Webster receives each year are less than $100.

Brave volunteers include Bill Boxdorfer, Anne Edmunds, Ted Hoef, Katie Knetzer, Niki Parres, Billy Ratz, Patrick Stack, Jennifer Stewart, Mike Webster, Justin Barton, School of Communications faculty member Larry Baden and SGA president Michael Grosch.

Contact Billy Ratz at or 314-968-7007 to add your name to the list.

Fri., Nov, 22: The Big Ed Bash

Every participant in The Great Thanks Project will receive a ticket to this event, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Love Foundation Alumni House.

We will celebrate “Big Ed,” the Gorlok, and promote school pride while students enjoy Cheetos, Buffalo wings, Gorlok cookies and play with Saint Bernards.* Attendees will also receive a special I Heart WU giveaway.

*Representing the Gorlok’s speed of the cheetah, horns of the buffalo, and the head of the Saint Bernard.

For more information about “I Heart Webster” week, see the University’s calendar at To learn more about how to donate to the University, visit

Above: Watch as the “good” Gorlok writes a letter to thank donors as part of the Great Thanks Project. See the video above or share the video as posted on Facebook.

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