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Rensselaer Set To Kick Off 2009  United Way Campaign Oct. 30
Rensselaer will officially kick off the 2009 United Way of the Greater Capital Region fundraising campaign on Friday, Oct. 30. United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on basic needs, family support, and financial stability, according to the organization. The campaign runs through Nov. 13. Last year, the Institute contributed more than $100,000 to United Way.

“Rensselaer has long been an active and proud partner in helping to create long-lasting changes that inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow,” said Cynthia Smith, assistant dean of pipeline initiatives and partnerships and one of the United Way co-chairs. “We are proud of our volunteers who are going the extra mile this year to share information about the United Way, and about programs that meet essential needs, provide services for individuals and families, and foster financial stability.”

This year, funds will be raised through a variety of activities and events, including campaign pledging by members of the Rensselaer campus community, raffles, and bake sales.

Additional events planned for this initiative include the inaugural United Way “Live United” concert that will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The event will be held in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Smith noted that the committee is seeking interested Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff who would be willing to perform in the concert.

Also, the annual Jail-n-Bail fundraiser will take place during the Division of Human Resources Benefits Fair that is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6.

The 2009 committee co-chairs are: Laban Coblentz, President’s Office; Marie McDowell, Division of Human Resources; Paula Monahan, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Bonnie Skarka, Office of the Vice President for Enrollment; and Cynthia Smith, Student Life.

The steering committee members include: Diane Bamrick, President’s Office; Kim Cardillo, Institute Advancement; Barbara Dzembo, Administration; Nicole Durrick, School of Management; Denise Elwell, Strategic Communications and External Relations; Jacqueline Farmer, Division of the Chief Information Officer; Audrey Larkin-Zurlo, School of Engineering; Emily Luddy, School of Architecture; Cindy Novak, Provost; Vicki Rafferty, Finance; Tanya Rautine, Office of Research; Erika Rekstad, Institute Advancement; and Sharon Simmons, School of Science.

United Way works closely with business, labor, government, colleges and universities, and human services organizations. Nearly 1,000 campaign volunteers work to raise funds. According to the organization, more than 90 cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to help people in need. Last year, the organization raised $5.4 million to provide services for individuals and families across the Capital Region.

For more information regarding the 2009 United Way Campaign, go to
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