University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

April 25, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Ekman, (251) 460-6360

Annual Fund Campaign Reports Overwhelming Success

Michael McGlothren
Dr. Joseph Busta, vice president for development and alumni relations, celebrated a successful Faculty/Staff Annual Fund Campaign with campaign co-chair Dr. Joseph Lo Cicero, professor of surgery, USA President Gordon Moulton, and campaign co-chair Dr. John Steadman, dean of the College of Engineering.

The 2005 Faculty/Staff Annual Fund campaign set two records this year: greatest participation ever and largest amount of donations ever.

With nearly 2,200 employees contributing, the University of South Alabama 2005 Faculty/Staff Annual Fund reported an overwhelming success, raising $152,915 from employee donations and a grand total of $217,458 with matching funds from the University.

The campaign exceeded its $125,000 goal by 22 percent and nearly doubled contributions from faculty and staff over the 2003 campaign. Meanwhile, participation continued to soar, with 2,171 employees contributing. That’s over double the participation of 2003.

President Gordon Moulton congratulated the efforts of the campaign at a luncheon held for volunteers at the Waterman Globe in the Mitchell Center.

“It sends a message to the community that we believe in ourselves, in what we do, and in the programs we have on this campus,” Moulton said.

Dr. Joseph Busta, vice president for development and alumni relations, told the group of volunteers that the donations show employees’ commitment to the institution.

“This year’s Faculty/Staff Annual Fund campaign set new records of participation and dollars raised, showing once again the great pride USA employees have in their University,” he said. “We deeply appreciate the good work by the many employee volunteers who helped make this campaign such a great success.”

Some 13 divisions had full participation this year, a 31 percent increase over the 2004 campaign.

Groups with 100 percent participation are: Academic Affairs; Graduate School; Governmental Relations; Sponsored Programs; Registrar; Development and Alumni Relations; President’s Office; Attorney’s Office; Biomedical Library; Publication Services; Public Relations; College of Engineering; and College of Nursing.

Groups with the highest participation increase: College of Allied Health; Student Affairs; Financial Affairs; College of Arts and Sciences; USA Medical Center; USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital; University Library; Mitchell College of Business and College of Education.

Some 514 donors gave gifts over $100, and 37 gave gifts over $500.

Dr. Joseph Lo Cicero III, professor of surgery, and Dr. John Steadman, dean of the College of Engineering, served as campaign co-chairs.

Lo Cicero said of the campaign, “I want to personally thank all the medical and allied health professionals and chairs who helped to make this campaign go so well.”

Steadman added, “It has certainly been a pleasure. Not only did we meet the goal, we beat it.”

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