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Faculty, Staff Recognized For Annual Fund Contributions

April 1, 2014
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt, Cindy Truax

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Results of this year’s Faculty/Staff Annual Fund Campaign were announced at a recognition luncheon held March 21 in the Peabody Library, during which volunteers were applauded for their efforts.

SHSU President Dana Gibson praised the 75-member committee for their work and the university community for their dedication and support. She expressed her appreciation for reaching a 78-80 percent giving rate again this year. The university has maintained that level of giving the past six years.

“I use these results when I talk to our constituents and when I talk to the legislature. Our high participation rate is one of my ‘bragging’ items,” she said. “It speaks to the strong commitment that our faculty and staff have to Sam Houston State.”

During the active phase of the campaign, which ran from mid-October through December, a total of 1,435 donors gave or pledged over $224,000.

Jim Bexley, campaign general chairman, said SHSU reached a record number of donors to the campaign this past fall, and he commended the committee, reporting that four areas had reached 100 percent participation and an additional six areas reached over 80 percent participation.

faculty and staff from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences posing with their award plaque
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences was recognized with the "Top Performance Award" for their increase in donors and dollars. From left: Deanna Briones, Brenda McNeely, Brian Domitrovic, Debra Andrist, and Terry Thibodeaux.

staff from Enrollment Management pose with their award plaque

The Enrollment Management division had 100 percent participation. From left, Heather Thielemann, Leslie Sullivan, Sherry Henke, Amy Wilson, and Jesse Bernal.
staff from the Newton Gresham Library pose with their award plaque
The Newton Gresham Library reached 100 percent participation. From left, Ann Holder, Cheryl Spencer and Marsha Dickens.
staff from the Office of the President pose with their award plaque
The Office of the President had 100 percent participation. From left, Dana Gibson, Ashten Acherman, JR Ohr, and Kathy Gilcrease.
staff from University Advancement pose with their award plaque
The University Advancement division also reached 100 percent participation. From left, Frank Holmes, Cindy Truax and Meggan Thompson.
Deanna Briones and Debbie Nichols pose with Deanna's award
Deanna Briones, from the history department, was recognized with the “Outstanding Volunteer” award for her work with the campaign. Briones is pictured with Debbie Nichols.

During the luncheon, awards were presented to university divisions.

Jim Bexley, along with Rosanne Keathley, campaign faculty chair, and Debbie Nichols, campaign staff chair, handed out the awards. Bexley also encouraged contributions from faculty and staff for the 2013-2014 fiscal year to continue through Aug. 31.

Units with 100 percent participation included Enrollment Management, Newton Gresham Library, University Advancement and the Office of the President.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences was recognized with a “Top Performance Award” as the unit that increased its participation and dollars raised. The “Outstanding Volunteer” award was presented to Deanna Briones, who chaired the committee for the college.

A listing of employees who have contributed and details on how to participate is available online.

The College of Business Administration was chaired by Bill Green, with members Gloria Buchanan, Julie Campbell, Joe Kavanaugh, Jan Morris, and Laura Sullivan.

Amanda Burris and Ann Broussard co-chaired the College of Criminal Justice committee, with members Leana Bouffard and Donna Garcia.

The College of Education committee was chaired by Sherry Hirsh, with members Staci Baker, Randi Clower, Susan Hayes, Sue Horne, and Marah Millican.
Nicole Sullivan chaired the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, with members Kevin Clifton, Megan Hobbs-Barrett, Andy Noble, Candy Prater, Sabrina Rowley and Katie Stefaniak.

The College of Health Sciences was chaired by Brandy Colvin and Matt Wagner, with committee member Kerry Berry.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences was chaired by Deanna Briones, with committee members Jeff Anastasi, Debra Andrist, Rosanne Barker, Tracy Bilsing, Jessica Burk, Brenda McNeely, Terry Thibodeaux, Janis White ,and Mike Yawn.

The College of Sciences campaign committee was chaired by Bobby Lane, with members David Burris, Donovan Haines, Susan Floyd, Brian Loft, John Strait, Joel Walker and Justin Williams

The Academic Affairs committee was co-chaired by Julie Schwab and Karen Whitney, with committee members Cathi Gillette and Trina Strange.

Sherry Henke and Jesse Bernal co-chaired the committee for Enrollment Management, with members Leslie Sullivan and Amy Wilson.

The Finance and Operations committee was co-chaired by Karyl Horn, Scott Dozel and Sam Walker, with members Bob Chapa, David Hammonds, Ivanette Lofton, Kevin Morris, and Lori Proctor.

Rachel Shorter chaired Information Technology Services committee, with members Chelsie Contreras, Marilyn Cummings and Suzette Kohers.

Marsha Dickens and Cheryl Spencer co-chaired the committee for the Newton Gresham Library, with committee member Stephen Strubing.

The President's Office committee was co-chaired by Kathy Gilcrease and JR Ohr, with committee member Ashten Acherman.

Leah Mulligan chaired the Student Services committee, with members Cindy Allbright, Lynn Clopton and Katy Pelton.




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