We Care We Count, the annual faculty and staff giving campaign continues through May 4.
The campaign allows employees to make a gift to the area of their choice. Donations support scholarships and academic programs. The 2012 campaign includes a challenge from President V. Lane Rawlins, who has pledged to match donations made to scholarships or the EDGE program, which supports GED classes for employees.
As of April 30, the We Care We Count campaign has raised $68,855.69 with a match of $64,534.69 for a total of $133,390.38.
“I feel that I help make a difference by making a yearly donation to support our students,” says Rossana Ramirez Boyd, above right, director of bilingual education teacher certification programs in the College of Education. Boyd is president of the National Association for Bilingual Education and in April received an award from the organization for her work.
There are many opportunities out there for students to expand their knowledge and experiences. One example is attendance to conferences and seminars related to their field of study, she says. "Without the resources to travel and be able to register for those events, our students miss opportunities to network and grow."
“I believe in giving back and in supporting students who need assistance," says Boyd. "Many of them struggle with limited resources to be able to afford to go to UNT semester after semester." Without the support from the entire campus community, many of these students drop out and do not have a chance to earn their college degree.
Reid Farmer, right, is thankful for the support he has received from UNT faculty and staff.
“Support from the UNT community has allowed me to study in a productive and supportive environment,” he says. “Thank you so much for your dedication to the students who attend, and for carrying on UNT’s legacy as a leading university.”
(Photos by Jonathan Reynolds and Jun Ma)
Posted on: Mon 30 April 2012