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SECC 2008 Super Delegates
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'Super delegates' lead UTSA charitable campaign

By Lynn Gosnell
Special Projects Writer

(Oct. 3, 2008)--A campaign is coming to UTSA this fall, but it has nothing to do with presidential politics and it probably won't rate a mention on your favorite late-night comedy show. In fact, the campaign is thoroughly nonpartisan, lasts only a month, and best of all -- participation makes everyone a winner.

The 2008 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) runs Oct. 1-31, 2008. The annual workplace giving campaign, which last year raised more than $9.74 million statewide, supports a broad variety of charitable organizations throughout Texas -- from environmental organizations to children's charities, cancer research to hurricane relief.

This year, President Ricardo Romo has selected 30 staff and faculty members, or "Super Delegates," from across the UTSA Tri-Campus community to serve as the President's Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC steers efforts to educate the UTSA community about the people and agencies who benefit from SECC.

"The SECC has always been a rewarding and fulfilling experience for me, one that I know will make a difference in our community," said Frances Riojas, assistant regional director of the Small Business Development Center, and one of three campaign chairs. Riojas and other Super Delegates will lead the effort to get out the donations before the campaign closes.

PAC members will be assisted by 150 Area Delegates -- faculty and employees who volunteer to "block walk" the campaign in their respective areas or departments. (If you haven't received your packet, watch UTSA Today for the complete list of Area Delegates.)

UTSA has been a leader among higher education institutions participating in the SECC -- last year 71 percent of UTSA employees contributed more than $225,000 to local, national and international nonprofit charities. That figure represents the highest percentage of participation for any UT System institution.

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Want to donate online to SECC? Read more on UTSA Today.

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2008 State Employee Charitable Campaign President's Advisory Committee -- Super Delegates

Kimberly Durham -- Co-Chair (Alumni Programs)
Jana Kennelly -- Co-Chair (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs)
Frances Riojas -- Co-Chair (SBDC Regional Office)
Albert Carrisalez -- Past Chair (Office of the President)
Bill Angrove (Academic Technology and Distance Learning)
Paul Ayala (Orientation and Family Programs)
Anna Borrego (San Antonio SBDC)
Tim Brownlee (Office of Public Affairs)
Carlita Contreras (Office of Facilities Planning and Development)
Pam Colby (Office of the Dean, College of Engineering)
Tammy Fernandez (External Affairs)
Lucretia Fraga (Interdiscplinary Studies)
Dan Gelo (office of the Dean, College of Liberal and Fine Arts)
Elizabeth Gibbons (Academic Technology and Distance Learning)
Sarah Gonzalez (Office of Human Resources)
Leslie Hinton (Office of the Dean, College of Sciences)
Maria Holloway (Office of Information Technology)
Debra Jamison (Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs)
Nikki Lee (University Center)
Sherry Lindsey (External Affairs)
Peter Morales (Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, College of Business)
Irene Mireles (SBDC Regional Office)
Michelle Phillips (Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs)
Julio Joey Ramos (Office of Orientation and Family Programs)
Joe Rubio (Facilities Services, Downtown Campus)
Douglas Sonego (UTSA Police Department)
Kelly Jo Stephens (Department of Biology)
Kelly Watson (Office of the Vice President for Research)
Denise Villarreal (ITC -- Texas Folklife Festival)

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