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Love’s in the Air at #GatorLove Kick-Off Luncheon

This Valentine's Day marked the ninth year of the Give To Gators (G2G) Faculty & Staff Annual Giving Campaign with its #GatorLove Kick-Off Luncheon.

UHD Annual Giving with Voya Financial as the presenting sponsor hosted 180 faculty and staff members who mingled and enjoyed a taco buffet. UHD’s very own mascot, Ed-U-Gator, made an appearance for photo ops with attendees!

Special guests included 15 students who benefited from private philanthropic giving to the University. They shared their stories on how their gifts made a difference in their college career—a testament to the real impact of private giving.

President Loren J. Blanchard joined the festivities and spoke of UHD’s history of service to others and how our employee philanthropy serves as examples that define the University’s Culture of Caring. He also thanked attendees at the luncheon for the work they do each day in support of student success and the donors for their contributions to the G2G Campaign, which provides the financial foundation on which to build that success.

Provost Deborah E. Bordelon’s message emphasized the importance of collaboration among faculty and staff, and she acknowledged the work of the G2G Committee members, who represent every UHD division. She also issued a challenge for 100% participation among all faculty and staff. Bordelon went even further to reward any unit reaching 100% participation with pizza that she’ll deliver.

“There aren’t enough thank-yous for the gratitude I have!” said Sandra Jacobson, Manager of UHD Annual Giving. “From the students who made time to share their stories to the G2G committee members who made this campaign kick-off happen to our committed leadership, like Provost Bordelon and President Blanchard. We have the best Gator Community ever!”

The G2G Campaign will run through March 31. So, don’t miss your chance! Where and how much to give is your choice. Popular funds include Food for Change Market, UHD’s General Scholarship Fund, and campus favorites—the Library Excellence Fund and the IT Scholarship Fund. Joining the lineup is the new Determined Gator Fund.

For more information about the campaign, visit the G2G Campaign online or contact Sandra Jacobson, Manager of UHD Annual Giving, at jacobsons@uhd.edu or 713-221-8184.

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.