Penn State Intercom......February 1, 2001

United Way
contributions
at all-time high

The 2000 University Park United Way campaign resulted in the largest amount of money ever contributed by Penn Staters to the Centre County Campaign. On Jan. 24, campus campaign chair John Romano, associate provost for enrollment management and administration, announced the official total of $568,624 at the county/campus finale. The total is above the campaign goal of $550,000, and marks an increase of close to $30,000 above last year's total of $538,779.

Annual awards, categorized by employee numbers in each unit, for highest increase in dollars raised by individual contributions over last year and highest participation rate by individuals were given to the following administrative areas:

* Highest increase in dollars raised, one to 100 employees: College of Information Sciences and Technology, Barbara Wright, team leader

* Highest participation rate, one to 100 employees: Finance and Business, General Operations, Mike Gerber, team leader.

* Highest increase in dollars raised, 101 to 200 employees: Enrollment Management and Administration, Brett Hoffman and Kevin Armalay, team leaders.

* Highest participation rate, 101 to 200 employees: Enrollment Management and Administration, Brett Hoffman and Kevin Armalay, team leaders.

* Highest increase in dollars raised, 201 to 400 employees: Smeal College of Business Administration, Chris Fivek, team leader.

* Highest participation rate, 201 to 400 employees: University Libraries, Debbie Shelow and Kristi Jensen, team leaders.

* Highest increase in dollars raised, 401 or more employees: Finance and Business, Office of Physical Plant, Mike Gerber, team leader.

* Highest participation rate, 401 or more employees: College of Health and Human Development, Elana Pyle, Tina Myers, team leaders.

Special events were held by many units, raising a total of $35,166. Special events not only call attention to United Way and the work of its agencies, but brings in dollars to the Penn State campaign. Again this year, the Computer and Information Systems Golf Tournament, with Paul Peworchik as team leader, raised the most money. Other top money-raising special events included the Office of Physical Plant recycling program at Beaver Stadium and The Bryce Jordan Center and events held by the Office of Student Affairs, the College of Health and Human Development the Office of Undergraduate Education and the University Libraries.

Creative money-raising projects included: a Chesapeake Bay cruise on the boat "Seaberry," with John and Stephany Romano serving as captain and mate; T-shirt sales; picnics and potlucks; hoagie and bake sales; Halloween activities including pumpkin carvings and parties; live and silent auctions; booksales; and a sales receipt program with the Penn State Bookstore sponsoring and donating.

The University's retirees, with William Taylor as chair, raised $71,357, exceeding their goal and topping last year's total by more than $3,000.

Areas at or surpassing 40 percent participation for individual giving were: Sports Medicine, The Smeal College of Business Administration, Finance and Business-General Operations, Commonwealth College, Enrollment Management and Administration, Schreyer Honors College, University Libraries, College of Communications, University Outreach, Development and Alumni Relations, College of Health and Human Development, Office of the President, University Relations and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Units who exceeded their goals this year with a combination of individual giving and special projects are: College of Arts and Architecture, Arts Services, Sports Medicine, Athletics and Recreational Sports, Smeal College of Business Administration, Budget and Resource Analysis, Human Resources, University Police, Office of Physical Plant, Bryce Jordan Center, Housing and Food, Housing, Hospitality Services, College of Communications, College of Education, College of Health and Human Development, Enrollment Management and Administration, College of the Liberal Arts, Office of the President, International Programs, University Relations, Schreyer Honors College, Student Affairs, the Applied Research Laboratory, Research and The Graduate School, Eberly College of Science, Undergraduate Education and University Libraries.

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