(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.
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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