SECC 2014

  • THANK YOU UTMB—Campaign pushes past goal, final amount being calculated

    The 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign broke the half-million-dollar mark early Friday morning and kept climbing. After pledges made on paper and mailed in are tallied, we expect to be over $519,000 with support from more than 2,761 employees. Great job UTMB.

    We send out a sincere “thank you” to the thousands who have supported this year’s effort. Your generosity this season has been outstanding and heartwarming; your gifts will make wishes and dreams come true this season and throughout the coming year.

  • 100 MBs for 100 Percent

    We always highlight and celebrate the areas that reach 100 percent participation in the campaign. This year, we’re announced we would reward those groups with a special digital “thank you”: each person in every area that reaches 100 percent in the SECC is having the size of their email storage allotment increased by 100 megabytes.

    The list is being finalized now and details on implementation will be ready soon. Many areas hit the mark, nearly 100 groups (which would make this 100 for 100 for 100!). Help us celebrate with these great teams: http://www.utmb.edu/secc/pledge/ParticipationByDept.asp

  • THANK YOU UTMB—Campaign pushes past goal, support still welcome

    The 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign broke the half-million-dollar mark early Friday morning. By midday, it was near $515,000 with support from more than 2,640 employees. The campaign ends at midnight on Friday, Dec. 5. If you have not made a pledge and would like to, there is still time. [Pledge now].

    We send out a sincere “thank you” to the thousands who have supported this year’s effort. Your generosity this season has been outstanding and heartwarming; your gifts will make wishes and dreams come true this season and throughout the coming year.

    You have proven it again: when it comes to having a HEART, there’s no place like UTMB.

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  • Last three days—Push is on to raise final $45K

    The 2014 State Employee Charitable campaign is midway through its final week; the campaign ends at midnight on Friday, Dec. 5 to allow time for gift and payroll processing. Please consider making your pledge now.

    SECC Chair Todd Leach and the campaign volunteers send out a sincere “thank you” to the more than 2,085 employees who helped us pass the $455,000 mark on Wednesday morning. Your generosity has been outstanding; the gifts will make wishes and dreams come true this season and throughout the coming year.

    We’re happy to announce one final drawing for a second Fitbit, to be made at the end of the campaign. All SECC contributors will be eligible. Other incentives are available; details are on the SECC site. Pledges are welcome online or via paper pledge forms. You get to choose who benefits from your support.

    The campaign goal is $500,000; it’s in reach. The yellow brick road is winding to an end. Let’s prove again that when it comes to having a HEART, there’s no place like UTMB. Pledge today.

  • Fitbit drawing winner selected; one additional prize to be offered

    Congratulations to Carol Sutherland, who was selected in a drawing from SECC contributors as the winner of a new Fitbit, a personal wireless activity and sleep monitoring device. Carol is an ultrasound manager in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    We’re happy to announce one final drawing for a second Fitbit, to be made at the end of the campaign. All contributors will be eligible. Make your pledge today.

  • Make your pledge TODAY for shot at healthy prize

    We’ll be drawing a winner for a new Fitbit, a personal wireless activity and sleep monitoring device, at 5 p.m. today  (Wednesday, November 26). Make your pledge by this afternoon (before the drawing) to be included in the pool of potential winners.

    The lucky winner will be notified by phone or email. All campaign participants are eligible. It’s one small way to say “thanks” for your support. Questions? Contact Becky Trout.

    Have a healthy and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    We’ll draw a winner for a Fitbit on Wednesday, November 26.
  • Be part of a “secret” SECC experiment

    We’re always looking for ways to recognize people and celebrate the support we get from the UTMB community for the State Employee Charitable Campaign.  This year we are testing an idea we’re calling the “Selflessie,” a play on the “Selfies” that have become part of popular culture, especially on social media.

    We’d love to have your photo in our gallery, which you can preview only through this link.    

    Here’s how: If you are an Instagram user, take a photo—of yourself, your team, your thank you card, you and your SECC lapel pin—and post it to your Instagram account using the hashtag #UTMBSECC. (Your profile has to be set to share images/be public).

    Or, take an SECC selfie and email it to public.affairs@utmb.edu and we’ll post it for you.

    If this pilot catches on, we’ll share the page far and wide!

  • First 100% areas get recognized

    THANK YOU to UTMB departments who have already reached 100% participation in SECC!
    Each person in these depts. will get an extra 100 MB of email storage. [read more]

    Departments with 100% participation:
    Assoc Dean for Research Services
    Business Ops & Finance – Technical Support
    Center to Eliminate Health Disparities
    Community Relations
    Dean of Health Professions
    Dean Of The School Of Nursing
    FEMA Accounting
    Health System – Finance
    Internal Investigations
    IS-AdminSys-AppMgmt
    IS-AdminSys-SolutionMgmt
    IS-AdminSyst-Gen
    IS-ClinDoc-Rad
    IS-ClinRev-Billing
    Mail Services
    Office of Academic & Student Affairs
    Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs
    Office of the President Operations
    Oliver Center for Patient Safety & Quality Health Care
    Pastoral Care-Hospital Chaplaincy
    Planning & Performance Management
    School of Nursing Business Affairs Office
    Telemedicine
    University Events Administration

    We’re approaching the halfway mark toward our $500K goal. Please consider making your donation today. Get information and pledge today.

  • Campaign passes $200K mark, your support needed today!

    We’re always happy to hit the big milestones—and $200,000 is a wonderful sum, but the clock’s working against us. To the 850+ generous souls who have already supported the campaign and the great work it makes possible, THANK YOU. Your gifts matter and are so very appreciated.

    To those who’ve not yet supported SECC, please consider making your pledge for any amount today. It’d be a wonderful way to share a little of your good fortune and show thanks for all your blessings, in anticipation of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

    And, you’ll be doing your part to help keep those pesky flying monkeys at bay.

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  • Honor and support veterans through SECC

    Veteran’s Day is next week, on Tuesday, November 11. The SECC offers a great and easy opportunity to do something meaningful to honor the service of our nation’s veterans and to support them in a way that works. While words and a holiday are great, actions and dollars are better. The news is full of stories of vets who need help, of families struggling because a parent was lost or came back from the field of battle with diminished capacities. 

    The State Employee Charitable Campaign includes almost a dozen agencies that support vets. Groups include the Fund for Veteran’s Assistance—which awards grants to local organizations focused on improving the lives of Texas Veterans and their families, VFW Foundation, Wounded Warrior, several Marine Corps agencies, Support our Troops, America’s VetDogs, and others.

    Thanks as always for your consideration and support.

  • The good witches of the School of Nursing

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    These Good Witches support SECC.

    In Oz, Glinda was the Good Witch of the North, always showing up at the right time to work some wonder. Here at UTMB, our good witches this Halloween were  the School of Nursing’s Erika Aguilar, Jennifer Anderson, Brandy Mcclanahan and Jennifer Potrykus, with their broomsticks at the ready in this photo with SON Dean Dr. Pam Watson. The SON held a costume contest today, with all contest entry fees being donated to the charitable campaign.

    Dr. Watson chaired the campaign last year, worked hard, and did a fantastic job. Her colleague at the School of Health Professions, Dean Elizabeth Protas, chaired another successful campaign in 2010. Together they understand the importance of the support UTMB provides to those in need.  So it’s no surprise  that their two offices are among the first to hit 100 percent participation. Thanks and congratulations!

     Read about our 100 MBs for 100 Percent incentive.

  • Fitbit fights the Stuffed Turkey Syndrome

    Turkey, roasted or Cajun fried; cornbread and oyster stuffing; green bean casserole, sweet potato, corn and other fresh veggies; cranberries, gravy, fresh bread: What’s there not to love about Thanksgiving?

    Wouldn’t it be great, though, if you could track the calories you burn while you eat, or during a post-meal walk, or maybe monitor how deeply you snooze during a turkey-induced slumber (maybe a slumber as deep as Dorothy’s in the field of enchanted poppies)? Thanks to the 2014 SECC, you are in luck!

    We’ll be drawing a winner for a new Fitbit, a personal wireless activity and sleep monitoring device, at noon on Wednesday, November 26. To be entered in the drawing, make your gift online by 9 a.m. that morning. (Pledges made on paper will be included as well, if submitted by Nov. 21.)

    The lucky winner will be notified by phone or email. All campaign participants are eligible. It’s one small way to say “thanks” for your support. Questions? Contact Becky Trout

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    We’ll draw a winner for a Fitbit on Wednesday, November 26.
  • And we are “Off to See the Wizard”

    The agency fair was this afternoon, so the 2014 state charitable campaign is officially in full swing. We’re off to a rip-roaring start, with almost $95,000 in pledges already made toward our half-million-dollar goal. But the road ahead is long and riddled with danger and challenges. Will we make it to Oz? We we have the courage, and the brain, and the heart we need to be successful this year?

    I had a chance to chat with a few of the representatives from the agencies who attended this year. Everyone said the same thing, that they were happy to be here, that our suppport was so very important and so very appreciated. They were in the spirit of the Wizard of Oz; many had dressed the part, which made Todd Leach, our 2014 campaign chair, feel right at home as the Tin Man. Help him prove that we all have a heart–please make your pledge now.    

    Campaign chairmain Todd Leach (as the Tin Man) and a cast of Oz characters helped kick off the 2014 campaign
    Campaign chairmain Todd Leach (as the Tin Man) and a cast of Oz characters helped kick off the 2014 campaign
  • Join us Tuesday at Moody Medical Munchkinland for SECC Agency Fair

    We’ll gather Tuesday to officially kick off the 2014 charitable campaign at the Moody Medical Library Plaza. This year’s effort focuses on all the generous hearts at UTMB, with the Tin Man (who so badly wanted a heart) and his friends from the  Wizard of Oz as our inspiration. So, like Dorothy, Toto and friends, we’ll start this year’s journey in Munchkinland. Join us to learn about the agencies, collect some treats and refreshments, and hear from Todd Leach, the 2014 campaign chair.    

    PLEASE JOIN US!

    2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Agency Fair
    Tuesday, October 28
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Moody Medical Library Plaza (aka Munchkinland)

  • It’s almost that time of the year…

    The first cool front has arrived, the agencies are in place, a chairperson has been selected, and we’re working harder than the Lollipop Guild to get all the pieces ready for SECC 2014. Last year we took a gamble on Vegas and hit a jackpot for the community worth almost $470,000; this year we’re headed to the Emerald City and a lofty goal of half-a-million dollars. Join us on the yellow brick road as we prove that everyone at UTMB really does have a heart.

    The 2014 campaign starts October 28.