Dear UB Colleagues,
It is my pleasure to serve as chair of the 2015 UB Employees Campaign for the Community. This year is a bit different. It is my understanding that it has been several years since a dean was chair—I hope to represent all of UB in the best light possible. I am aware that my service rests on the very broad shoulders of our previous chairs. My special thanks to Sean Sullivan for his passionate efforts to support the UB community in making a significant impact on the lives of those in our external community and my hope is to do the same this year.
During the summer, Rema Hanash, Director of Resource Development at United Way, organized visits for me to three of the agencies that our campaign supports. It was a transforming experience to see how dedicated the professionals are in working with the populations they serve and to hear the stories of individuals and families whose lives are changed for the better because of their efforts. I wish that each of you could experience the energy and goodness in these settings. To that end, this year we hope to share stories of different agencies with you over the course of our campaign through videos and presentations.
The people to be thanked most for making the UB Employees Campaign for the Community a success are each of you. Last year over 2,500 employees contributed to the UB Campaign, making a positive difference in the lives of others. You are the reason why our Employees Campaign is the largest of its kind in Western New York, as well as a model campaign nationally. There are so many ways that you give to the community through your time and expertise, and through other organizations to which you belong. This year, we yet again have the opportunity to make an impact through our combined gifts as a university, demonstrating how deeply we value our community and its members.
Please join your colleagues in supporting the 2015 UB Employees Campaign.
Marsha L. Lewis
Dean, School of Nursing
Chair, 2015 Employees Campaign for the Community