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Smashing Success

Written by Mike Thee
August 1, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, the employees of Seattle University have set a new record for contributing to the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. On the heels of last year’s incredibly successful campaign in which 40 percent of SU’s faculty and staff participated, this year’s drive established a new high-water mark with 44 percent of the university’s employees making gifts. 

No fewer than 522 faculty and staff donated a combined $256,323 to the campaign, which concluded June 30. In last year’s campaign, 450 faculty and staff raised $250,000. Gifts from this year’s effort were designated to a wide array of campus programs, including scholarships, student activities, athletics and general operations. 

“Co-chairs Gayatri Eassey of Career Services and Dr. Dave Madsen of the College of Arts and Sciences led the campaign, along with a dedicated group of volunteers representing many of SU’s departments and colleges,” said Leigh Ann Gilmer, assistant director of annual giving. Of the campaign leaders and its contributors, Gilmer added: “Their work and your generosity made this year’s campaign the most successful yet and will help Seattle University continue to provide hard-working students with an exceptional Jesuit education and an enriching college experience.”