Faculty-staff campaign revs up with fall carnival Sept. 22

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Faculty-staff campaign revs up with fall carnival Sept. 22

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A fall carnival, complete with food and games, will kick off the second year of SMU’s faculty and staff funding drive supporting The Second Century Campaign. It will take place 3-5 p.m. Sept. 22 in the newly renovated (and renamed) Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Faculty and staff members may RSVP online at the Second Century Campaign website.

The faculty and staff component of the University’s Second Century Campaign achieved total participation of 65 percent during the 2009-10 fiscal year, against a goal of 25 percent annual participation and 50 percent participation over the campaign’s life. This year’s objective is for each of the University’s 15 areas to exceed last year’s participation rate. The deans, vice presidents and the athletic director have set goals for their respective units that reflect their results from this past year.

The new year will also see a new faculty co-chair for the campaign. Marc Christensen, professor of electrical engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering, replaces Harold Stanley, who has joined the University administration as associate provost.

There will be a campuswide contest to reach the established participation goals. The competition takes place among all seven schools plus Athletics; Business and Finance; Central University Libraries; Development and External Affairs; Office of the President; Provost/Academic Affairs; Legal Affairs; and Student Affairs. The school and the unit that are closest to their participation goals as of Sept. 22 will be announced at the kick-off event.

All faculty and staff members are encouraged to make a gift before the event or to bring their pledge cards to the carnival.

“In talking to alumni, the Board of Trustees and others we hope will support the campaign, to be able to say that 65 percent of faculty and staff members had contributed really went a long way. I thank you for that,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner at a faculty and staff donor reception Aug 25. “It is a statement of how much we who work here believe in this University, and that’s a powerful message.

“SMU has been blessed with a total of $400,000 that faculty and staff gave last year. That money works in many ways, throughout the University,” Turner added. “Thank you for being the first to be involved, and for being leaders in your areas. We do appreciate it.”

The Second Century Campaign officially launched Sept. 12, 2008, with the goal of raising $750 million by 2015 to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

> RSVP for the 2010 Fall Carnival
> Visit the Campaign for Faculty and Staff site at smu.edu/fs
> Learn more about the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff
> Download a pledge form (PDF format)
> Make a contribution or schedule a payroll deduction online
> Track the progress of your school or department
> Find the names of faculty and staff donors on the Red Pony page

September 14, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Make a gift by Dec. 31, get a tax deduction (and a pony)

Red Peruna logoReminder: The deadline is Dec. 31 for earning 2009 tax deductions on charitable donations. Don’t forget to make your gift to SMU’s Campaign for Faculty and Staff by New Year’s Eve – and get a pony for the holidays as one of more than 1,200 faculty and staff supporters.

Donors may choose the school, department or program that will benefit from their contribution, and gifts to the President’s Partners program count toward Second Century Campaign goals. Download a pledge form (PDF format), make a contribution or schedule a payroll deduction at the Campaign for Faculty and Staff website.

Visit the Campaign for Faculty and Staff site at smu.edu/fs
Download a pledge form (PDF format)
Make a contribution online
Schedule a payroll deduction online
Track the progess of your school or department
Find the names of faculty and staff donors on the Red Pony page

December 16, 2009|News, Save the Date|

Faculty-staff campaign reaches 50 percent participation

Faculty-staff campaign kickoffSMU’s Second Century Campaign has reached 50 percent giving participation among all faculty and staff members, according to a statement released by the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff.

The faculty-staff campaign also exceeded its 25 percent annual participation goal, according to its website.

The Offices of the President and Legal Affairs set the pace with 100 percent participation, with Development and External Affairs close behind at 95 percent. The Lyle School of Engineering leads among individual schools and colleges with 78 percent participation.

“We look forward to engaging each of you now and over the life of the campaign as we invest in students, faculty and the unique SMU experience,” wrote Harold Stanley and Julie Wiksten (’78, ’92), co-chairs of the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, in an e-mail sent Sept. 8.

Visit the Faculty & Staff Giving homepage
See photos from the campuswide kickoff celebrations
Watch the campaign video
View current participation rates for all schools and areas
Find your Red Pony honoring your gift
Make a gift to the faculty-staff campaign

September 9, 2009|News|

Faculty-staff campaign opens with campuswide celebration Sept. 3

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The faculty and staff component of SMU Unbridled: Campaign for the Second Century will begin with campuswide events Sept. 3, culminating in an all-University celebration at 4 p.m. in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom hosted by President R. Gerald Turner.

Faculty and staff gifts received by Sept. 3, 2009, will be counted in the participation competition that will jump-start the campaign. At the 4 p.m. kickoff, the school or administrative unit with the highest rate of participation this fiscal year to date will be announced.

Harold Stanley and Julie Wiksten, co-chairs of the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, mailed letters and pledge forms to each faculty and staff member.

SMU is seeking the same levels of participation for faculty and staff as for alumni: 25 percent annual participation and 50 percent cumulative participation over the life of the campaign.

The Campaign Steering Committee includes representatives from 13 areas of the University, which includes all seven schools plus Athletics; Business and Finance; Central University Libraries; Development and External Affairs; President’s Office, Provost/Academic Affairs and Legal Affairs; and Student Affairs.

As a campaign co-chair, “I have heard strong statements of commitment and connection to SMU from faculty and staff members across the board,” says Stanley, the Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair in American Politics and Political Economy in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. “My own take is that this is a great place to work and a great community. It’s important to help SMU become the great university it can be.

“Other donors can take as testimonial the enthusiasm with which our faculty and staff members give back. That spirit will have meaning above and beyond a dollar amount.”

Wiksten (’78, ’92), executive director of auxiliary services in the Division of Business and Finance, lived in the Park Cities as a child and has worked at SMU for 31 years. In addition, she earned two degrees from the University – a bachelor’s in urban studies and sociology and a Master of Liberal Arts. “I’m motivated by my connections to the University,” she says. “I’ve dedicated so much of my life to SMU that it seems a wise investment to put my money into making SMU the best it can be.”

Faculty and staff members can expect creative fund-raising initiatives within each area, she adds. “We’re going to see lots of ways to participate that will encourage friendly competition and enthusiasm for reaching our goals.”

Giving is strictly voluntary, and gifts to any area on campus – including endowment, operating funds and the President’s Partners program – are counted toward the campaign. Donors may also choose to support one of the campaign priorities: Student Scholarships, Faculty and Academic Excellence or Campus Experience.

The Second Century Campaign officially launched Sept. 12, 2008, with the goal of raising $750 million by 2013 to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

Visit smu.edu/fs for more information about the campaign, the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, and the kickoff events schedule.

August 25, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News|

Save the date: Faculty-staff campaign kickoff is Sept. 3

Campaign kickoff balloon drop

Faculty and staff participation in SMU’s Second Century Campaign will receive a major boost Sept. 3, when the University’s faculty and staff campaign kicks off with campuswide events culminating in an all-University celebration at 4 p.m. hosted by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Harold Stanley and Julie Wiksten, co-chairs for the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, will send letters and pledge forms to each faculty and staff member in the next few days. Gifts received or pledged by Sept. 3, 2009, will be counted in the faculty and staff participation competition. At the 4 p.m. kickoff, the school or administrative unit with the highest annual participation percentage to date for FY10 will be announced.

Campaign organizers are seeking the same levels of participation for faculty and staff as for alumni: 25 percent annual participation and 50 percent cumulative participation over the life of the campaign.

Giving is voluntary, and gifts to any area on campus – endowment, operating funds or the President’s Partners program – are counted toward the campaign. Donors may also select any one of the campaign priorities: Student Scholarships, Faculty and Academic Excellence or Campus Experience.

The Second Century Campaign officially launched Sept. 12, 2008, with the goal of raising $750 million by 2013 to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

Watch your e-mail for the latest information, and visit smu.edu/fs for more information about the campaign, the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, and the kickoff events schedule.

August 19, 2009|News, Save the Date|
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