'Together, We Are UTSA' faculty and staff initiative is off to strong start

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(April 18, 2011)--The second annual "Together, We Are UTSA" faculty and staff initiative has reached its midway point and already is generating tremendous support from faculty and staff across the UTSA Tri-campuses.

"The response from faculty and staff so far has been wonderful," said Quinn Barraza, UTSA director of annual giving. "It's especially exciting to see gifts from first-time donors. You know something special is happening here when it motivates someone to give his or her first gift ever to UTSA."

The monthlong campaign encourages faculty and staff to support UTSA by making a gift to any area of their choice. Popular options this year include the UTSA Fund, providing unrestricted funds for areas of greatest need at UTSA, and the Student Transformation Fund, a Student Affairs effort which provides seed money for new ideas in student programming and leadership development.

New this year is the option for faculty and staff to direct their gift toward membership in the UTSA Alumni Association, regardless of their alumni status.

"Our faculty and staff are just as proud of UTSA as alumni are, and we welcome them to become associate members, especially during the faculty and staff campaign," said Anne Englert, director of alumni programs.

Participation is the primary focus of the annual faculty and staff campaign, and gifts of any size are welcome. Gifts can be made by payroll deduction, online or through the mail (download form).

As part of the 2011 "Together, We Are UTSA" faculty and staff initiative, all faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy free ice cream while the supply lasts at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20. The event is co-hosted by the Office of Annual Giving and the Office of Alumni Programs.

>> To make a gift or learn more, visit the "Together, We Are UTSA" faculty and staff initiative website.

For inquiries about this and other annual fund raising initiatives, contact the UTSA Office of Annual Giving at 210-458-4130.