AU kicks off its 2007 faculty staff campaign

AUBURN – Faculty and staff volunteers are asking their colleagues across the Auburn University campus to help ensure that the “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign really does begin at Auburn.

Last year a record 43 percent of faculty and staff contributed to the larger, nationwide fundraising campaign, which has raised approximately $460 million toward the overall goal of $500 million in private support for AU. In the 2007 Faculty Staff Campaign, volunteers are asking colleagues who contributed in 2006 to continue or expand their financial support and asking others to join in a show of support for the university.

Bob Martin, assistant vice president for development, said many alumni and friends of Auburn around the nation follow the lead of the faculty and staff at AU. The show of support by a large proportion of the faculty and staff in 2006 helped convince many alumni and friends to give for the first time and others to increase their support for Auburn through the “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign, he explained.

“As members of the university community, we see first-hand how private support benefits Auburn,” Martin said. “The Faculty Staff Campaign is about participation, and our involvement serves as a positive example when we ask for corporate, foundation, legislative, alumni and friend support.”

He added, “Who is more qualified than us to judge the value of the programs we work with throughout the year?”

The 2007 Faculty Staff Campaign will continue until May 4 and involve dozens of volunteers across all colleges, schools and divisions of AU. Campaign co-chairs are Dwight Wolfe of Veterinary Medicine, Greg Williams of Athletics and Paula Sullenger of AU Libraries.

One of the co-chairs, Sullenger, was a team leader in the 2006 Faculty-Staff Campaign. “Since I came to Auburn in 1992, I have served on various campaign committees and served in the University Senate,” she said. “The Faculty Staff Campaign last year was one of the most fun and rewarding activities that I have been a part of in these 15 years.”

The campaign co-chairs noted that donors can target their funds to help ensure the success of their colleges, schools or programs or designate other uses that support the university’s mission and help strengthen the university.

(Contributed by Roy Summerford.)

Contact: Kristen Jackson, (334) 844-3224 (jacksk6@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)