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Dear Haas Donor: Thanks for Bailing Out My B-School

Dear Haas Donor: Thanks for Bailing Out My B-School

Miss Manners’s heart might have skipped a beat recently. Handwritten thank-you notes are apparently in vogue at the University of California’s Haas School of Business, and not just for recruiters who hold a student’s fate in their hands. The school set up tables at the Bank of America Forum on Jan. 28 and invited students, faculty, and staff to pen personalized notes to Haas donors.

The school wouldn’t say which bigwigs received mash notes, but presumably they would have been folks like Haas MBA alumnus David Eckles, who last year gave $1 million to expand the school’s mentorship program for “under-resourced youth,” and alumnus Gerson Bakar, who gave $25 million in 2007 to fund new faculty positions. A building was renamed in his honor. Haas’s “True Blues,” who give year after year—in some cases for close to four decades—also deserve some thanks.