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Campus Community Campaign encourages ODU employees to make their 'second home' a top priority

The 2010 Campus Community Campaign kicked off March 15, and from now until May 3 Old Dominion employees will have a chance to contribute to the university's annual fund drive.

The theme - "One University. One Team." - has the ultimate goal of making a difference for ODU students, as well as employees.

All members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in the campaign, also known as the Dominion Fund. In a March 15 mailing to faculty and staff, campaign co-chairs Robert Wojtowicz (faculty) and Anita Wiggins-Bailey (staff) pointed to the supportive nature and collegial atmosphere of the ODU family as a major reason for their decision to support the campaign over the years.

"Even as the university has grown, I believe its faculty and staff remain its core strength. That's why I contribute to the Dominion Fund - it's an investment in ourselves," said Wojtowicz, professor of art history and associate dean for research and graduate studies, and a 20-year ODU employee.

Wiggins-Bailey, an administrative and office specialist at the Gornto Teletechnet Center, noted: "As a member of the ODU family, for five years my colleagues across campus have shown me great warmth and support that helps me grow professionally. For that reason I wanted to find a way to give back to the university."

In a letter jointly signed by the co-chairs, they write: "We recognize that everyone's finances are tight due to the economic downturn and we've all had to prioritize what is most important. Please join us and continue to make ODU, our second home, one of our top priorities. And remember, gifts of all amounts make an impact."

The goals this year are to match or exceed the results from 2009: $199,511 in total giving and 918 donors, a 44 percent participation rate.

Those who made a gift to the campaign last year were treated recently with a Twix bar to thank them, along with the message: "BeTwix you and the university your gift makes a difference!"

Gifts may be made via payroll deduction, check or credit card, and designated for university priorities (unrestricted funds), athletic priorities or "other." Contributions in the "other" category may be targeted, for example, to a college or department, the library, a specific sports program, a specific academic or athletic scholarship, or the Alumni Association, to name a few.

Employees who contribute $100 or more will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a paid reserved parking space for one year. Also at the end of the campaign, an ice cream party will be awarded to the two offices or areas with the highest participation rates.

The 2010 campaign volunteer coordinators are: Osman Akan, Debra Bell, Judy Bowman, Evette Brooks, Ann Campbell, Linda Lopez Caulkins, Katrina Davenport, Rick Fisher, Bill Heffelfinger, Marc Huckless, Pat King, Donna Meeks, Carlisa Merritt, John Nunnery, Bob Olson, Dawn Richardson, Angela Rioux, Lisa Sisson, Andrea Stephen, Rusty Waterfield, Anita Wiggins-Bailey, Kathy Williamson and Robert Wojtowicz.

This article was posted on: March 16, 2010

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