The senior class plans to give a lifesized bust of President John Toll as their gift.
"We feel obliged to honor our great leader as he departs with our class," said Senior Class President John Lange.
"Dr. Toll has touched the lives of so many members of the Washington College Community we find it only fitting to allow those he influenced to preserve his warm smile for future generations," he added.
It will be placed in the atrium of the new science building upon its construction. This is to represent the effort Toll put into planning the building.
An artist has already been selected to create the copper bust.
The senior class plans to raise almost $15,000 for their gift. Traditionally, the senior clas is encouraged to donate. Lange says they also plan to approach faculty, staff, and underclassmen for funds. Class officers will be going door to door in the dormitories to collect donations. Anyone who donates more than $10 will be recognized on a list that will accompany the bust.
An upcoming fundraiser will be "Butterball" featuring the band "Can't Hang" on November 22 in the Campus Center. All proceeds will go towards the gift.
The planned gift is the third choice the class has selected. Initial plans to build a brick walkway engraved with the names of seniors was reconsidered last year. Long term plans to expand the library would put the walkway at the risk of being destroyed.
The senior class then voted in favor of two plasma screen televisions as a replacement gift. This was again reconsidered.
"The problem is that the technology gets outdated so quickly," said Lange.
Overall, the class will need much support and many donations to make this project a success.