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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.