The Ad Astra Task Force evokes the university’s Latin motto, Per Aspera Ad Astra, or through adversity to the stars.

Commissioned by President Farvardin, the volunteer group contacts alumni by phone, email, social media and other means to encourage their participation as donors through annual giving. US News & World Report and USA Today look at the total number of gifts to a university when they calculate national college rankings. The more alumni that show their confidence by giving, the stronger a university's rank.

For more information on volunteering with the Ad Astra Task Force, contact Desiree Burke, Associate Director of Annual Giving, at 201-216-5712 or [email protected].