Faculty and Staff Support Campaign Mission

Each year, faculty and staff at UTC show their commitment to the University by giving to the Faculty and Staff Campaign. In 2002, faculty and staff set an all-time record of $83,544 in gifts, exceeding the previous year’s contributions by more than 15 percent.

"With the capable assistance of more than 20 Building Captains, pledges and gifts are up from this time last year, and we are hopeful for one of our best years ever," according to Chuck Cantrell, Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Relations and chair of this year’s campaign.

A total of 331 UTC employees contributed to departments, programs and scholarships in 2002. Payroll deduction was especially popular with 175 participants. Employees who are already on the payroll deduction plan may choose to increase their contribution during the campaign.

With the state budget cuts, private donations to the University are more critical than ever.

"Our fund-raising staff members assure me that one of the strongest selling points they have is the level of UTC faculty and staff who participate in the campus campaign. And it just makes sense," said Cantrell. "Who is in a better position to evaluate whether our campus deserves outside support than those of us on the inside? When donors see that we believe in our campus enough to give back to it, then they are more motivated to support our mission."

The Payroll Deduction Program makes it easy to give, and as little as $8.34 a month totals $100 donated over the course of the year. Of course, gifts of any size are appreciated and much needed. You can even give on line by using the "Ways to Give" button at http://www.utc.edu/~develop/.

With many department budgets facing cuts next year, this would be the perfect time to designate your gift to support your department. Scholarships, professorships, athletics, the Lupton Library, WUTC, and unrestricted gifts are also areas to consider.

"There are so many wonderful things happening on our campus, that even with the budget cuts, it’s a great time to be part of our campus," said Cantrell.

Every employee who participates in this year’s campaign will receive certificates for discounts at the campus bookstore and foodservices and will be eligible for prizes, including free parking for a year.

Special thanks goes to Bill Williams, Mal Long, Susan Taylor, Linda Hobart, Tom Patty, Jackie Tate, Kim Bonadventure, Connie Ratchford, Sue Carroll, Arma Broomfield, Mary Scott, Cindy Ashley, Peggy Tucker, April Anderson, Joan Dunn, Terry Zimmer, Brandon Ponder, Teresa McKinney, Bill Prince, Michelle Walters, Kathy Fox, Beth Dodd, Hellenna Terrell, and Stephen Hood for serving as captains of this year’s campaign.