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Give To Gators Kick Off Breakfast Feb. 24

2020 Faculty & Staff Annual Giving Campaign


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Give To Gators Faculty & Staff Annual Giving Campaign kicks off with a breakfast  9-11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 in the Academic Building, Room A300.

The campaign invites UHD faculty and staff members the opportunity to celebrate our students and programs by giving back. Employees can make their pledges and gifts to the college, department, program or scholarship of their choice via payroll deduction, online or by bringing it to the Campaign Kick-Off for breakfast, conversation, a photobooth and fun.

This year's committee of UHD faculty and staff who spearheaded the February event:

  • Dr. Edmund Cueva, Ph.D., College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Fahmida Dehlvi, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Janet Dyer, Facilities Management
  • Bryan Flores, University College
  • Belinda Hernandez, Marilyn Davies College of Business
  • Sandra Jacobson, University Advancement
  • Tremaine Kwasikpui, Student Activities
  • John Lane, Technology Learning Services
  • Brooke Lewis, Employee Services & Operations
  • Leah Long, Academic Affairs
  • Courtney Lundgren, Enrollment Management
  • Dr. Bernardo Pohl, College of Public Service
  • Dr. Timothy Redl, College of Science & Technology
  • Rhonda Scherer, Sports & Fitness
  • Mary Torres, University Business Services
  • Frederick Varela, UHD Police Lieutenant
  • Charis Vieira, W.I. Dykes Library

The committee is very enthusiastic about the campaign and hopes every employee will continue to recognize the importance of this initiative and participate by making a gift this year.

"It's not about the amount of the gift; it’s about coming together to participate," emphasized Sandra Jacobson, manager of Annual Giving, Unviersity Advancement. "When enough people do a small thing, it becomes a big thing. All contributions are accepted, encouraged and celebrated."

Proceeds from this campaign will benefit programs and scholarships throughout the UHD from specific colleges and departments to programs, centers and initiatives, and/or an existing endowment funds.

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 61,000 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 awarded UHD 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.