UTSA President Ricardo Romo presents a check to Howard Nolan,
CEO and president of United Way Bexar County and San Antonio.

UTSA raises $232K in charitable campaign

By Albert Carrisalez
UTSA SECC Chairman and Director of External Affairs

(Nov. 29, 2006)--Thank you UTSA! You rock. This year, together, you helped raise more than $232,000 for the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), and you helped UTSA reach a 62 percent employee participation rate -- a 7 percent increase over last year. Success!

You have demonstrated that UTSA cares and that you care.

Last year, 330 UTSA family members utilized a service provided by a local agency or charity supported through SECC in San Antonio. This year, on UTSA Today you met:

  • Arnold, the 17-year-old nephew of Victoria Jacques, UTSA customer relations representative in the Office of Facilities Operations. Arnold was born prematurely and received support through March of Dimes, an SECC-affiliated agency.
  • Matt, the 24-year-old son of Margaret Costantino, UTSA Ph.D. student in the College of Education and Human Development. Matt has cerebral palsy and has had numerous surgeries to treat hydrocephalus and muscular contractures. Through ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens - San Antonio), which is supported by SECC, Matt has received full-time day habilitation for young adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Barry McKinney, UTSA director of student activities, who shared with us his amazing story of growing up with Wilms' Tumor, a malignant tumor of the kidney and other organs that strikes young children. The emotional struggles he and his parents encountered and the financial burden of medical costs were absorbed through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, another agency supported by SECC.
  • Karen Halamuda, senior systems analyst in the Office of Information Technology, and 10 other UTSA employees who volunteer one hour each week over their lunch hour to deliver meals to senior citizens. Meals on Wheels is a program administered by Christian Senior Services and supported by SECC to deliver proper nutrition to senior citizens.

These are examples of UTSA families that come to work each day knowing that SECC has made a difference in their lives and the lives of our fellow San Antonians.

To everyone at UTSA who participated in the campaign, thanks for doing what matters. To all the Area Champions and members of the planning committee, thanks for opening your hearts and for making UTSA proud.

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