(April 20, 2010)--Beginning this week, UTSA launches its first Faculty and Staff Campaign, "Together, We Are UTSA." The goal is to provide an internal focus on the importance of private fundraising in the drive to become a top-tier university.
In recent months, you have probably noticed the attention UTSA is receiving in the San Antonio community and beyond. As UTSA grows in strength, numbers and academic excellence, it is important to keep our own internal community informed and involved. It is almost impossible to stay abreast of the many programs, projects and awards that are coming to UTSA, and to know how to support those of greatest interest.
The Office of the Vice President for University Advancement is making one of its priorities a focused annual Faculty and Staff Campaign each spring. Through "Together, We Are UTSA," faculty and staff will receive information as well as easy access to various giving opportunities for the internal university family. The focus is on involvement and participation. Faculty and staff members can give at whatever level is comfortable for them with the understanding that every dollar helps.
The campaign vision and mission statements are as follows:
Campaign vision statement: To provide each UTSA employee with a 'giving opportunity' (opportunity to support the UTSA Fund or another designation of his or her choice) which is accessible, simple, intuitive and fulfilling for each individual.
Campaign mission statement: To facilitate the Faculty and Staff Campaign for The University of Texas at San Antonio so that each UTSA employee has the opportunity to become engaged and involved with the fundraising effort in support of UTSA's students, faculty, staff and programs.
"We hope to make this fun and convenient for everybody working at the UTSA Tri-campuses in every department," said Marjie French, vice president for university advancement. "Whatever our role at UTSA, we each have a vested interest in the success of this great university. This year is our first for the Faculty and Staff Campaign, so we are keeping it pretty simple. We hope to grow the effort more in future years to include some healthy competition among the colleges and other groups."
"The San Antonio community is supporting UTSA in a big way with private funding, and much more will be needed," said Albert Carrisalez, assistant to the president and director of external and corporate relations. "I believe it sends a strong message on behalf of UTSA when our own university community chooses to make gifts, big or small, to keep us moving on the path to Tier One."
Making an annual gift to UTSA is an important way to demonstrate support for the university. "Give wherever you prefer, but just give" is the message being shared this spring. Now is the time to get involved and respond to the messages that will be arriving in your e-mail over the next few weeks.
The campaign is a focused effort to make giving easy. You can make a gift by going to the Giving to UTSA website. There, you can print a payroll deduction form and instructions to have a gift taken out of your paycheck. Giving by payroll deduction is a very popular way to give because it is automatic, and at the end of the year you will receive a summary receipt for tax purposes.
Watch for more news about "Together, We Are UTSA!"
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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
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Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
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Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
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John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
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Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
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Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
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