(Oct. 26, 2010)--As longtime supporters of the State Employee Charitable Campaign, Mauli Agrawal, UTSA dean of the College of Engineering, and his wife, Sue Agrawal, have made giving a priority in their lives. Following are their comments about the importance of supporting SECC each year.
How long have you been SECC donors?
We have been contributing for many years but have donated regularly through monthly paycheck deductions since January 2005.
Why did you initially decide to give to the State Employee Charitable Campaign?
There are so many needs, and we believe it is important for everyone to contribute to those less fortunate than us through charitable organizations. Our family makes some contributions outside the SECC including funding scholarships at UTSA, but the SECC makes giving easy, since it is a once-per-year decision, and there is a list of so many worthy nonprofits to contribute to.
Do you designate your SECC gift to a particular charity or group of charities? Which charitable causes are near and dear to your heart?
Last year, the donation was split between five organizations covering the areas of health, children, global relief and the environment. All of these issues are ones we care about, and the charities are all well-rated and don't spend too much on fundraising so that more of the donation can go to the actual program work instead of fundraising or administration.
Why is contributing to the SECC important to you? What made you decide to make a leadership gift last year?
Gifts to charities are a fundamental part of our family's budget. We are blessed to have the ability to give and appreciate the way that the SECC makes the giving process straightforward. We made a leadership-level gift because we feel it is important to lead by example and hopefully others would be encouraged to contribute and help those in need.
The UTSA 2010 State Employee Charitable Campaign runs through Oct. 31. SECC is the workplace giving campaign for State of Texas employees including state universities and colleges. The University of Texas at San Antonio participates in SECC with the coordination of donations managed by the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Last year, UTSA had 91-percent participation, so let's do it again in 2010! Remember, with SECC everyone matters.
Donate to SECC and receive a ticket to the "UTSA's Got Talent" show at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 in the Business Building Richard S. Liu Auditorium (2.01.02) on the Main Campus. The performance also will be simulcast at the Downtown Campus Buena Vista Theater. The emcee will be UTSA alumna Monica Taylor from Fox News 29.
Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus
A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus
Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus
The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus
Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus
The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus
Kristen Rosen is developing technology to help breast cancer patients’ quality of life
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.