Diane Dickey would like to thank the 162 faculty and staff members who gave during the first nine days of the Faculty-Staff campaign. That’s nearly twice the donors from the same period last year, not to mention a lot of folks who will be enjoying coffee, tea, or specialty drinks courtesy of Bon Appetit.
The goal this year is 70 percent participation; for a total of 492 participants. That means we need to add 330 more faculty and staff donors between now and November 18. Remember: the committee is asking for your participation, and a gift in any amount from $1 to $1,000 (or more, if you just won the lottery) counts toward that goal. Donors are free to give to the Recreation and Wellness Center or whatever is of the most interest to you on campus, whether it’s general giving to the UP Fund, financial aid, campus ministry, performing and fine arts, athletics, or a favorite school or CAS department.
So far, no department has reached 100 percent, although a couple of the smaller departments are getting close. In the larger departments, Physical Plant leads the pack with 21 donors to date; Athletics is close behind with 17 donors; and CAS and the School of Education are leading the schools with 19 and 13 donors apiece. Word has it that the physical plant, which topped the charts last year with 78 percent participation, is thinking about issuing a challenge to other campus offices. They aren’t kidding, so keep an eye on your inbox. For more information contact Diane Dickey, development, at 8130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.