Five teams doubled — or more than doubled – employee participation during the third week of Nebraska’s race for the Chancellor’s Cup.
The friendly competition is part of the university’s participation in the Lincoln-area Combined Campaign for Health and Human Services. The university is a longtime participant in the community fundraiser and campus leaders have challenged faculty and staff to expand annual giving to the four-week campaign.
To encourage participation by faculty and staff, weekly individual prizes are being awarded and the Chancellor’s Cup will be presented to the campus division that earns the greatest percentage of employee participation. Percentages include faculty and staff who submit pledge forms — even those who opt not to donate.
“This campaign is our opportunity to give back to a community that has given us so much,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “We’ve had a tremendous start to the campaign and we need to continue building our positive momentum.”
The campaign is entering the final stretch and is scheduled to continue through Nov. 30.
The five teams that at least doubled employee participation in week three are: Central Administration, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and Finance, Information Technology Services, and Architecture.
Teams that made the largest gains in overall employee participation in week three are listed below. Figures are total percentage points each unit gained, followed by participation rates in weeks two and three.
- Information Technology Services, 21 (from 20.2 percent to 41.2 percent)
- Law, 19.7 (21.2 percent to 40.9 percent)
- Business and Finance, 18 (from 17.1 percent to 35.1 percent)
- Journalism and Mass Communications, 13 (22.2 percent to 35.2 percent)
- Student Affairs, 11.8 (16.8 percent to 28.6 percent)
The top five campus teams in week three, ranked by overall employee participation rate, are:
- Alumni Association/Chancellor, 58.4 percent;
- Arts and Sciences, 41.2 percent;
- Information Technology Services, 41.2 percent;
- Law, 40.9 percent; and
- Journalism and Mass Communications, 35.2 percent.
The universitywide participation rate is 25.5 percent. Other campus teams not previously mentioned and above the 25 percent threshold are Academic Affairs at 34.5 percent and Research with 30.3 percent.
A complete list of the team standings and details on how to participate are available on the university’s Combined Campaign website.
The winning unit will keep the Chancellor’s Cup until next year’s fundraiser. In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by the unit that reached the percentage the fastest.
All faculty and staff who participate by completing United Way campaign forms — including those who opt not to donate — will also be entered into weekly drawings. Four winners will be selected each week of the campaign.
Individual prize winners, selected randomly from all faculty and staff who submitted pledge forms, and their awards for week two of the campaign are:
Susan Frodyma, assistant director of scholarships and financial aid, “Atlas of Nebraska” coffee table book;
Angela Dietsch, tickets for two to a Husker women’s basketball game;
Aaron Crabtree, associate professor and director of accountancy, two season tickets to the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center; and
Jean Hinton, administrative associate for athletics, two tickets to a Lied Center for Performing Arts show.
Chancellor Green, a co-chair for the campus drive, is helping lead the charge to increase donations from the university. During a campaign pre-launch at Nebraska Innovation Campus on Oct. 24, Green pledged to giving more than he has previously and committed to shaving his head if the university’s donation total exceeds $350,000.
“Our faculty and staff across the university are participating in good numbers,” Green said. “There’s still time to make those numbers even better. In this time of giving thanks and helping others — if you haven’t already — I hope you will consider giving back to our Lincoln and Lancaster County community.