Rice’s United Way campaign officially under way

Rice’s United Way campaign officially under way

Rice University officially launched its United Way 2011-12 campaign
Sept. 9 as members of the Rice community joined more than 2,000
attendees at Minute Maid Park at the United Way of Greater Houston’s
campaign kickoff. Rice has made an impressive start, already raising
$22,683 toward its $150,000 campaign goal. With 18 weeks remaining in
the campaign, the Office of Finance leads the campus in funds raised
with $5,145, and the Public Affairs Division leads in participation,
with 19 percent.
Attending the event were, from left, Mark Ditman, associate vice
president of housing and dining and staff chair of Rice’s United Way
campaign; Bridgette Miller, associate director of development and
division vice chair; Stacy Cervantes, events specialist in public
affairs and campaign specialist; Esther Crawford, head of government
publications and microforms in Fondren Library and division vice chair;
Pat Jones, accounting supervisor in the controller’s office and division
vice chair; Sidney Burrus ’57, the Maxfiled and Oshman Professor Emeritus
of Electrical and Computer Engineering and faculty chair; Jan West ’73,
assistant director of multicultural community relations; David Medina ’83,
director of multicultural community relations and campaign manager; and
Stephanie Linder, director of development and division vice chair.

Representative Y. Ping Sun, lead donor chair for Rice’s United Way
campaign and a member of the United Way of Greater Houston board,
cheered the event from the stage. President David Leebron, Rice Board of
Trustees Chair Jim Crownover ’65 and Provost George McLendon are the
honorary chairs for Rice’s United Way campaign.

Rice employees’ contributions to United Way not only help
the entire Houston community, they also support the university’s Vision
for the Second Century commitment to engaging with the city.

employees can make a pledge payable by payroll deductions spread over
all paychecks in calendar (and tax) year 2012 by logging in to ESTHER
(esther.rice.edu) and filling out the United Way form. To make a cash,
check or credit card contribution (for tax year 2011), complete, print
and mail the pledge form found at www.rice.edu/unitedway.

For more information on the United Way campaign, visit www.rice.edu/unitedway.

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