Supporting St. Thomas for Life
Supporters of the University of St. Thomas choose to give of their financial resources for a variety of reasons. Many support the university’s mission and its Catholic tradition. Often, alumni and parents are nostalgic for their experiences and want their children or others to experience the same types of life-changing moments that they did at St. Thomas. George ’39 and Alice Moskalik might tell you that giving back is simply the right thing to do—and they have been doing so for more than 50 years.
George graduated from St. Thomas 71 years ago, and he and Alice have been heavily involved in the life of the university for more than 60 of those years—as donors, volunteers and vocal supporters. George was an active member on the Alumni Association board of directors from 1985 to 1991 and is a longtime volunteer for the Alumni Association, continuing his service today as co-chair of the Old Guard. He cofounded the Alumni Association’s very successful First Friday Speaker Series, which started in 1991. And in 1987, George and Alice received the joint honor of serving as alumni homecoming king and queen.
In 1994, George’s dedication to the university was recognized when he was chosen to be the first recipient of the Monsignor James Lavin Award at the annual St. Thomas Day celebration. Upon accepting the award, George said, “I have been blessed with many things in my life—an outstanding family, a successful working career and many friends. I believe that the Catholic values taught to me by my family that were reinforced through my experiences over the last 58 years with this great Catholic institution have played a key role in making all this happen.”
For more than 15 years, George and Alice have been members of the university’s President’s Council, whose members are recognized for giving annual gifts of $1,000 or more to St. Thomas. They are also members of the Finn Heritage Society, which honors donors who include St. Thomas in their estate plans.
Under the leadership of the Student Legacy Program, a St. Thomas student club that is devoted to philanthropy, the university launched the George and Alice Moskalik Lifetime-Giving Society. Named in honor of the Moskaliks’ lifetime support of St. Thomas, the Moskalik Society includes St. Thomas donors who pledge to support the university annually throughout their lives.
George and Alice’s generosity, kindness and humility are an inspiration to the St. Thomas community, and we thank them for their dedication to the University of St. Thomas.