The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s chase for the Chancellor’s Cup opened with three employees earning first-week honors.
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 records the greatest number of employees who donate.
The campaign runs through Nov. 27.
Individual prize winners, selected randomly from all faculty and staff who submitted donation pledges in the first days of the campaign are:
Jennifer Dush, administrative associate with the Department of Animal Science, ice cream for two at the Dairy Store;
Hanna Peterson, assistant director of alumni engagement, Nebraska Alumni Association, mini-volleyball autographed by John Cook, head coach of Husker volleyball; and
Fred Thorne, irrigation manager with Landscape Services, “N150 Dear Old Nebraska U” coffee table book.
Additional winners will be announced each week of the campaign. A team leader board will be announced the week of Nov. 11.
Chancellor Ronnie Green helped kick off the giving drive at an Oct. 23 pre-launch with faculty and staff volunteers. Green and his wife, Jane, pledged to increase their annual $5,000 gift to $10,000. He also announced a university goal to raise $400,000. Last year, faculty and staff combined pledged nearly $340,000.
Co-chairs for the university’s Combined Campaign include Charlie Foster, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and director of the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services; John Cook, head coach for Husker volleyball; and Tiffany Heng-Moss, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
“Giving to the Combined Campaign works,” Foster said. “I’ve read to children at McPhee Elementary. I’ve seen Sudanese mothers and daughters interact in groups led by YWCA. And, I’ve seen families whose lives have been touched by the Malone Center.
“Your gifts are put to work making lives better.”
The Combined Campaign benefits three federations — Community Health Charities of Nebraska, Community Services Fund of Nebraska and United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. The three federations represent more than 130 local agencies that assist members of the community.