Published January 24, 2014
The 2013 UB Employees Campaign for the Community is being extended through March, but on Thursday organizers gathered to recognize the time and effort put in by its many volunteers.
“I think it says a lot about UB that we know that if our community succeeds we succeed, and we really do give back to the community of Buffalo. Your hard work has paid off. I really cannot thank you enough,” Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries and the chair of the 2013 campaign, told those attending the celebration, held in the Bansal Atrium in Davis Hall, North Campus.
As of Jan. 22, UB employees raised $805,000 toward the 2013 campaign, which will run through March 31. The goal is $850,000.
UB boasts one of the most successful campaigns in higher education, raising more than $15.7 million since 1994, Michael Weiner, president of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, said Thursday.
“It really says a lot about the university and its commitment to the community,” Weiner added, noting the current campaign has been one of the most challenging in recent years due to several circumstances, including state worker furloughs, the federal shutdown and the economy.
During his remarks, President Satish K. Tripathi thanked several individuals, including Weiner; Dennis Black, vice president for university life and services and the chair of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County campaign; and former United Way president Bob Bennett.
“I look forward to this campaign celebration every year because it highlights the generosity of our university community and celebrates your incredible dedication,” Tripathi said. “Whatever the final tally, I’m proud of the accomplishments of this campaign and the significant impact your efforts have on our communities. Our employees truly are the driving force behind our success as a university. Your generosity and volunteerism are why UB is consistently ranked as one of SEFA’s top agencies in New York State, and one of the top universities participating nationwide.”
Jessica Wangelin in the Office of the President was recognized for her efforts in coordinating UB’s campaign.
Booth announced that Sean Sullivan, vice provost for academic planning and budget, will chair the 2014 UB campaign.
A number of awards are given out during the celebration event each year to recognize individuals and units whose efforts helped make the campaign especially successful:
Also recognized for their efforts toward the campaign were University Communications, Tony Martin Awards, Three Pillars Catering, Office of Special Events and CFA Video Production Group.