(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.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
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Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
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Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
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Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
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