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Campus News
     
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
December 13, 2004
Volume 40, Number 5

University blazed new trails in 2004
United Way campaign nears ambitious goal


By Louis Caldera, president

CalderaAs the year 2004 comes to a close, we at UNM can look back with satisfaction at a number of stellar achievements. We blazed new trails in research, taught a record number of students, and broke ground on the largest public building project ever undertaken in New Mexico, the Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion at UNM Hospital.

Now it is time for one more accomplishment.

Two months ago, UNM launched the most ambitious United Way campaign in its campus history. We set for ourselves the goal of raising $277,000, through the participation of 15 percent of our total workforce, or about 1,180 staff and faculty. As of this writing we are nearing $260,000 in contributions from pledges returned by over 700 employees.

One of my goals as UNM’s 18th president has been to encourage the university to be a leader in giving back to its community. Each of us has a role to play in that, both through our own participation and our encouragement of others. Gifts through United Way can be designated to any charity of the donor’s choice, including scholarships and other programs at UNM. Even a modest one-time gift or payroll deduction can make a difference for the causes or institutions we each care about.

The United Way is the single most important way in which organizations, individuals and families within the greater Albuquerque area can reach out to assist one another. Let’s celebrate this holiday season by doing just that. Then may it be said of us, in the words of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” that we know how to keep Christmas well. Go Lobos!