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Event Kicks Off Annual Give To Gators Campaign

The Give To Gators Faculty & Staff Annual Giving Campaign hosted a kick off breakfast on Monday, Feb. 14 in on the South Deck of the One Main Building.

Opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Akif Uzman, UHD Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; UHD President Loren Blanchard; and Sandra Jacobson, Manager of Annual Giving.

“The collaboration and support of our valued faculty and staff are the foundation for success of the University of Houston-Downtown’s students,” President Blanchard said. “Through the Give To Gators Campaign, many Gator colleagues take the extra step to further invest their charitable giving in our students' academic lives and their future.”

Over the past decade, faculty and staff have donated more than $500,000 through the campaign. Collectively, these gifts provide financial support for student scholarships and program development and offers donors to support any gift fund at UHD. This campaign offers donors the option to select which scholarships and programs to support.

“As someone who served on the Employee Giving Campaign at my previous institution, I know how important it is to say to our community partners how invested we as UHD employees are to giving back to our own institution,” said Kristina Raymond, UHD’s Director of Transfer Relations and Joint Advising. “All it truly takes is a donation of $1 from each employee to be able to show the community we are 100 percent invested in this institution and its students.”

Employees are able to make their pledges and gifts to the college, department, program or scholarship of their choice via:

For more information about the Give To Gators Campaign, contact Sandra Jacobson, Manager of Annual Giving, University Advancement at jacobsons@uhd.edu or visit Give To Gators.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.