Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Annual UIS Faculty & Staff Campaign kicks off

Employees at the University of Illinois Springfield are giving back during the 5th annual Faculty & Staff Campaign. The month-long fundraising drive kicked off with a celebration on Tuesday, March 2 in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby.

The theme for this year’s campaign is "When the Going Gets Tough", recognizing the financial strain many employees face in a tough economy.

“I love the theme for this year, with the little engine that could. We are the little engine that not only could, did, and shall keep on doing,” said Chancellor Richard Ringeisen.

Through the campaign, staff and faculty are able to give a gift to the university, choosing how their funds will impact UIS' quality academics, athletics or other important areas. Gifts made to UIS assist with scholarships, enhance research, improve programs and much more.

"It’s the opportunity for all of us here at UIS to support each other and what we want to accomplish," said Vicki Megginson, Associate Chancellor for Development and vice president of the University of Illinois Foundation.

The “When the Going Gets Tough” theme focused on a 1930’s feel with live music and a soup kitchen like food line, which also included sandwiches.

“It’s a can do spirit. If you recall in the 1930’s people got together, they pitched in, they raised barns, they helped each other,” said Megginson.

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