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Record number of faculty, staff give back

Security Shift Supervisor Debra Digioia and Security Officer James Pearson "have a hand in student success" by contributing to the Blue & Gold Circle, the Foundation for Seminole State College's employee giving campaign.

The Foundation for Seminole State College's annual employee giving campaign set a record this year, with 41 percent of faculty and staff participating. Up from 24 percent last year, this represents the highest participation rate since the program’s inception in 2006.

Overall, 347 Seminole State employees contributed to the Blue & Gold Circle campaign, a jump from 198 in 2010. This year’s contributions totaled more than $55,000 in payroll deductions and one-time gifts. The campaign promotes heavily during the month of October, yet gifts continue to come in all year long. The numbers are expected to rise until the end of the campaign in June.

Elizabeth Bhimjee, director of development for the Foundation, said: “The campaign’s volunteer team leaders were hugely instrumental in the success of the campaign. This year, we focused on increasing our participation level, and 23 campaign team leaders worked diligently to send the message to faculty and staff that every gift has a tremendous impact for our students.”

To extend this message and encourage participation, the Foundation created the “high-five gift,” which allowed employees to donate a one-time gift of $5. This incentive enabled many more, who normally did not give, an opportunity to get involved. A total of 77 employees gave at this level, and all of them were new donors.

“A gift of any amount makes a difference,” Bhimjee said. “Participation also demonstrates to Seminole State's community partners that those closest to the College believe in its mission and are willing to support it financially.”

Also noteworthy for 2011:

• There were 164 employees who are new Blue & Gold Circle donors.

• Twenty-three employees chose to increase their payroll deduction gift.

• Donations were up 4 percent from 2010.

This year’s campaign was titled “Student Success…it’s in OUR HANDS!” To encourage participation, the Foundation gave all employees a coaster in the shape of a hand. Employees who gave at least $5 to the campaign received a Blue & Gold Circle mug, which displayed the message, “I have a hand in student success!”

This year’s team leaders were:

  • Angela Adame-Smith
  • Arin Hughes
  • Beverly Smith
  • Daniel Liguori
  • Doreer Collins-McHugh
  • Dorothy Lange
  • Geoffrey Fortunato
  • Isabel Cottrel
  • Jordan Camenker
  • Kim Maznicki
  • Laura Carlin
  • Liz Lawson
  • Lori Wolff
  • Lucia Dzikowski
  • Mark Davis
  • Mark Morgan
  • Matthew Christo
  • Maxine Oliver
  • Mercedes Bermejo
  • Nana Robertson
  • Ron Krodel
  • Shawn Darby
  • Tina Woode

The Blue & Gold Circle is an annual donor club created specifically for Seminole State faculty and staff members who give back to the College. By contributing to the campaign, donors help create a supportive academic community that allows students to explore their interests and reach their potential.

For more information, please visit the Foundation online.

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