The College of Engineering has earned the award for the Highest Average Gift for an Academic Area during the University of Massachusetts 2010-2011 Faculty and Staff Campaign. The college will be recognized for its achievement at the Founders Day Luncheon on Friday, April 29. The luncheon is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on that day. Sarah Sligo, the interim director of Annual Giving, called the accomplishment a “presitigious honor,” and said, “Congratulations on your high average gift.” The College of Engineering gifts went to support student scholarships and areas in the college such as the Diversity Program office, the Careeer Planning and Student Development office, and varying departments.
The campaign had a banner effort last year, in which more than 1,500 campus employees gave more than $1.2 million to the Faculty and Staff Campaign. Like last year, pledges made by December 31, 2010, by current and retired faculty and staff were matched dollar for dollar, up to the $10,000 level.
This year's campaign was co-chaired by Joseph F. Bartolomeo, professor and chair of the English Department; Cynthia Suopis, senior lecturer in University Without Walls; and Johnny Whitehead, chief of the UMass Amherst Police Department.
"Private support is more important than ever," said a letter from the three co-chairs accompanying this year's appeal. "Those of us who dedicate our work lives to this campus every day see the important role philanthropy plays in enhancing the lives of our students and the reputation of UMass Amherst." (April 2011)