SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Supporters of Slippery Rock University's 2012-13 Campus Family Campaign are pleased the campaign raised $158,170 - a 3 percent increase over the previous year.
"I am thrilled about the results of the Campus Family Campaign," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president. "I have seen firsthand how SRU employees come together to support our students in the classroom, around campus, and financially by giving to scholarships, athletics and special initiatives on campus. This financial commitment demonstrates the SRU community's dedication to serving our students and improving their overall educational experience at The Rock."
The campaign is the University's primary fundraising program directed towards faculty and staff.
Meagan Reed, director of the Annual Fund, said 477 University employees (59 percent) participated this year, compared to 471 employees (55 percent) the previous year.
Units that reached 100 percent participation received a portion of $10,000 in incentive funds. Units that met this goal were: art, biology, exercise and rehabilitative services, history, modern languages and cultures/philosophy, music, public health and social work, the School of Physical Therapy and the Office of Student Organization, Office of Multicultural Development and The Women's Center.
The campaign also extended an incentive of $100 to each unit that surpassed 80 percent participation. Units reaching this goal included: the physical education department, human resources, diversity and equality, budget and fiscal planning, the College of Business, Information, and Social Sciences along with the criminology and criminal justice department, campus recreation, student services/student life administration/Counseling Center, academic affairs, financial aid, academic records and summer school, the safety management department and sport management.
In addition to participation and dollar amount goals, the Campus Family Campaign emphasizes the importance of sustainable giving by encouraging employees to sign up for payroll deduction, which allows faculty and staff the option of designating a gift amount to be deducted each pay period. In the 2012-2013 Campaign, 45 additional employees signed up for payroll deduction compared to the prior year, surpassing the goal by 20. There were 50 employees who increased their giving via payroll deduction.
A total of 402 SRU faculty and staff use payroll deduction to contribute, an increase of 38 compared to the previous year. Seventy-five employees contributed by other means.
The Office of the Annual Fund coordinated the Campus Family Campaign. Gifts from faculty and staff that are given from July 1 to December 31 each year are counted toward the Campaign.
Lynn Motyl, assistant vice president for human resources, and Mark Shotwell, associate professor of biology, served as campaign co-chairs.
Shotwell, who has served as the biology unit coordinator for five years and campus co-chair for the past three years, said he supports the campaign because times have been tough for the families of students, and many need financial aid to reach graduation.
"They need our help; they are really struggling," he said. "We have students who maybe had to drop out or work, or their parents got laid off or they have a personal illness. And they just don't have enough money to go to school.
Shotwell referenced a young woman who is taking 17 credits this semester and working 30 hours a week. "How does she do it? There are too many stories like this."
Shotwell said he wants to see participation in the campaign exceed 60 percent and keep moving forward from there. "Can we just keep in going," he said.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.