Vol. 50, No. 20 • Second Week • Spring Semester • Jan. 27, 2003
Claire to kick off second year of campus campaign
As UW-Eau Claire's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign progresses toward its $35 million goal, UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are encouraged to help ensure that goal is reached by participating in Campus Campaign 2002-03.
The active phase of the university's second campus campaign will kick off Feb. 1, although faculty and staff contributions from July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2003, will be counted in Campus Campaign 2002-03 totals. As with contributions to last year's campus campaign, gifts to Campus Campaign 2002-03 will be included in the totals for the ongoing comprehensive campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence (www.uwec.edu/fndn/campaign/).
As of Jan. 1, contributions and pledges to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence totaled $23.8 million. Contributions have come from alumni and friends, emeriti and retired faculty and staff, and current faculty and staff. In fact, during Campus Campaign 2001-02, the number of faculty and staff making gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation doubled since fiscal year 2000-01.
The goal this year is to further increase participation in the campus campaign, said Thomas Bergmann, assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Business and Campus Campaign 2002-03 co-chair along with his wife, Marilyn Bergmann, coordinator for distance learning and technology services in the College of Business.
"Outside donors are always interested in the level of campaign participation by faculty and staff because it's a strong indication of their commitment and loyalty," Thomas Bergmann said. "By participating in the campus campaign, we are able to contribute both directly and indirectly to the future of UW-Eau Claire."
Most comprehensive campaign contributions are designated for specific programs, scholarships and endowments, and many of those gifts also are pledged over time, some over as many as five years. Faculty and staff who contribute through Campus Campaign 2002-03 can ensure funding for specific areas of the university, including their own departments, where they have the greatest interest, Marilyn Bergmann said.
"This enables us to put our money to work in the areas in which we are most interested and to see the positive outcomes of our contributions," she said.
Claire couple, anonymous donor contribute to success of UW-Eau Claire's
UW-Eau Claire student Telefund callers have been phoning UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends, as well as the parents of current students, each semester since spring 1981. Money raised through Telefund is used by the Foundation to support student scholarships, student/faculty research projects, faculty development initiatives, international study opportunities and other special projects that enable the university to more effectively carry out its mission of learning and service, said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president.
"These gifts meet the critical annual needs of the university," Halberg said.
David Anderson, a 1966 UW-Eau Claire graduate, and Carol Anderson, who attended UW-Eau Claire after earning her degree from another UW System school, also have a daughter who graduated from UW-Eau Claire. David Anderson said his family's firsthand experiences at the university led to the decision to support the Telefund effort.
"UW-Eau Claire provides its students with an excellent education, but it's impossible to do that job with tuition and state funding alone," he said.
During the fall Telefund drive, an anonymous donor matched all contributions of $50 or more from first-time Telefund donors. More than 900 first-time Telefund donors contributed to the fall drive, said Heidi Fisher, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's director of annual giving and donor relations.
The anonymous matching gift, the first of its kind for Telefund, was an effective incentive for alumni, friends and parents contacted during the fall Telefund drive, Fisher said. She added that, thanks to the recent pledge from the Andersons, the outlook for the spring drive also looks promising. Students will begin Feb. 2 making calls for the spring Telefund drive, which runs through early May.
"Our alumni, friends and parents were really motivated when they realized their gifts could be doubled by the match from our generous anonymous donor," Fisher said. "Now, thanks to the generosity of Dave and Carol Anderson, we have the opportunity for another successful Telefund effort. These gifts are such great news for students, faculty, and others who benefit from the support generated through Telefund."
The Andersons' matching gift, as well as the anonymous gift and all donations to the Telefund effort, are recognized as contributions to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, part of UW-Eau Claire's effort to progress toward its long-term goals in spite of fiscal challenges resulting from the state budget crisis. The campaign seeks $35 million in private support by July 2005 for UW-Eau Claire's people and programs.
Claire receives grant for GeoGraphix software
The grant for GeoGraphix software, maintenance and support includes an agreement that makes UW-Eau Claire the only licensed user of GeoGraphix in Wisconsin. The software is used in conjunction with the ground penetrating radar equipment that recently brought Jol and UW-Eau Claire international attention when he and a UW-Eau Claire student used it to help pinpoint the location for a major archaeological find in Israel.
Faculty and students in the department of geography and anthropology and the geology department will use the GeoGraphix software for both lab and field research. Shaw notes that the opportunity to use this state-of-the-art software give geology students at UW-Eau Claire an advantage when applying for graduate school and jobs.
Jol and Bradford Burton, a former assistant professor of geology at UW-Eau Claire, first successfully applied for the grant from the GeoGraphix University Grant Program three years ago. Jol and Shaw said they're pleased that their students will continue to benefit from training and equipment that few universities can offer.
Jol also credits UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Dean's office of the College of Arts and Sciences for contributing funds for the dual-screened computers needed to run the program.
Giving Project touched many lives
Special thanks to Rita Sorkness, McIntyre Library, for handling all of the cash donations and to Cheryl Cutsforth, McIntyre Library, who volunteered space in McIntyre Library and coordinated drop-off and distribution signs.
The student families picked up their gifts in the Library Technical Services area during final exams week. Many people in that office gave of their time, space and patience for gift distribution. And, other people volunteered to distribute gifts to families at a WHE table.
In December 2002, the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators announced that UW-Eau Claire is one of only three nominated institutions in the division to receive the NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Award, which included a $1,000 contribution to a general scholarship fund.
The award recognized
the many contributions UW-Eau Claire student-athletes regularly make
to the campus, the local community and the region. For example, in 2002
Blugold athletes held a Relay for Peace event that raised more than
$7,000 for the United Way 9/11 fund. Students also won $2,000 (through
a Ministry Health Care online voting contest) for the Feed My People
food bank, that allowed the food bank to buy 33,000 pounds of food for
distribution throughout west-central Wisconsin.