UTPA State Employee Charitable Campaign garners awards
Posted: 12/17/2004
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The University of Texas-Pan American was awarded two recognitions Friday, Nov. 19 by the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). UTPA won both the Service Award, given to the University for "Continuous Commitment for the Success" of the SECC since 1993 and the "Higher Education Shining Star" trophy for the greatest increase from last year in contributions by a Rio Grande Valley higher education institution, including South Texas College, The University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College, and Texas State Technical College.

Pictured accepting the SECC campaign awards on behalf of the University are Gilbert Perez Jr. (left), human resources technician II and 2004 SECC campaign coordinator for UTPA, and Alicia Morley, human resources training and development coordinator and the 2003 SECC campaign coordinator.
Gilbert Perez Jr., human resources technician II in the Human Resources Department and the 2004 SECC campaign coordinator for UTPA, said the total contributions by UTPA employees were $30,475, an increase of 97 percent from 2003. The campaign was held on campus Oct. 11-22.

"Our original goal was set at 150 contributors and $20,000. We ended up with 253 contributors and more than $30,000. Since the campaign kick-off on Oct. 7, I held several motivational meetings with different departments to raise awareness and help employees understand the significant difference that one's contributions, large or small, can make in our community," Perez said.

Created in 1993, the SECC provides state employees an opportunity to give to local, state and national charities through the convenience of payroll deduction or a one-time contribution. The SECC is the only statutorily authorized workplace campaign for state agency and higher education employees in Texas. In 2003, the campaign marked its 10th year by raising $7.7 million for charitable organizations throughout the state.