AU launches 2008 Faculty Staff Campaign

AUBURN – Auburn University launched its third annual Faculty Staff Campaign on Wednesday, March 5, with the goal of improving on last year’s record-breaking 55 percent participation by faculty and staff with an even higher 60 percent participation.

Campaign volunteers will be asking their colleagues across the AU campus to help ensure the “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign really does begin at Auburn.

“In order for the Faculty Staff Campaign to reach its goal of 60 percent participation, those who contributed in 2007 will need to continue or expand their financial support and first-time contributors will join in a show of support for the university,” said Virgil Starks, Faculty Staff Campaign co-chair.

“Many alumni and friends of Auburn around the nation follow the lead of the faculty and staff at AU,” said Bob Martin, assistant vice president for development. “The strong show of support by faculty and staff in 2006 and 2007 inspired 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.”

“The gifts from us as faculty and staff are symbols of our unity and support for the university,” said Lane Sauser, Faculty Staff Campaign co-chair. “Our participation serves as a positive example when we ask for corporate, foundation, legislative, alumni and friend support. After all, who can best judge the university than those who work here every day?”

The 2008 Faculty Staff Campaign will continue until May 2 and involve dozens of volunteers across all AU colleges, schools and divisions. Campaign co-chairs are Dwight Wolfe of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Virgil Starks of Athletics and Lane Sauser of the College of Agriculture.

“We all know what a special place Auburn is,” said Wolfe. “All Alabamians benefit from Auburn’s efforts in improving quality of life, from food to environment to all manner of health and social issues. As Dr. Petrie said, ‘we believe in Auburn’ and our support serves as a model for others.”

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.

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