December 8, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 39

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Employees give $243,794 to SECC agencies

The 2000 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) drive at the Health Science Center was a record-setting success.

Faculty and staff contributors donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars—$243,794—to the SECC this fall, according to the official total from Dr. Deborah Greene, vice president for institutional effectiveness and planning. The contributions surpassed the previous UTHSC mark of $219,000 set a year ago.

SECC donations support a wealth of charitable agencies, from Boys Clubs to the Palmer Drug Abuse Program to the American Red Cross to Meals on Wheels. Services target young and old in times of sickness, natural disaster, accidents and more.

An end-of-campaign celebration uniting SECC departmental representatives was held Thursday at the Parman House Conference Center.

"As a pediatric surgeon and transplant surgeon, I have seen the situations and needs of families during times of challenge," said Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, president of the Health Science Center. "I can attest to the fine work done by the many agencies supported through the State Employee Charitable Campaign, and I applaud the Health Science Center community for so generously enhancing that work."

Many UTHSC faculty and staff work to further the missions of charitable agencies through service and research. "SECC agencies such as the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association are vital to our research efforts through the generous grants they provide for faculty projects. A vote for them is a vote for us," Dr. Cigarroa said.

At Thursday night’s celebration, Dr. Cigarroa recognized the department of surgery for raising the most contributions this year, $22,059. The department more than doubled its total from last year.

The department of computing resources registered the greatest increase in the number of SECC donors. Other awards went to the allied health dean’s office (greatest per capita giving) and the graduate dean’s office (greatest participation).

The 2000 SECC drive even featured a "Penny War" through which areas of the Health Science Center raised $2,500 for SECC agencies.

"This campaign saw spirited camaraderie among the various areas of our campus, and the members of the Executive Committee express their deepest appreciation for the efforts and contributions of all," Dr. Greene said.

Seventy-six SECC representatives coordinated the fund-raising efforts in departments, divisions and offices throughout the Health Science Center.