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Rensselaer Kicks Off United Way 2011 Campaign This Month

Rensselaer officially kicked off the 2011 United Way of the Greater Capital Region fundraising campaign on Nov. 3. 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. 18. Last year, the Institute received the Partner in Giving award for its efforts, and raised well over $120,000 for the United Way.

Last year, the Institute received the Partner in Giving award and raised well over $120,000 for the United Way.

This year, funds will be raised through a variety of activities and events, including campaign pledging by members of the campus community, a bottle drive, community fair, and a barbecue dinner. The bottle drive will be on-going throughout the campaign. Members of the campus community can drop off their used bottles and cans at designated locations around campus. In addition, a community fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, in the Rensselaer Union lobby area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, members will host an Election Day barbecue in the Rensselaer Union north lobby area from 4 to 6 p.m. Meat, vegetarian, and vegan selections will be available. All dinners are pre-packaged and cost $10.

Individuals are also encouraged to fill a pledge form out and turn it in to the Division of Human Resources during the annual Benefits Fair/Faculty & Staff Appreciation scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory). During the event, individuals will be able to spin the wheel for a chance win prizes.

The 2011 committee co-chairs are: Charles Carletta, President’s Office; Dana Chichester, Materials Science and Engineering; Barbara Dzembo, Administration; and Denise Elwell, Government & Community Relations.

The steering committee members include: Diane Bamrick, President’s Office; Kim Cardillo, Institute Advancement; Nicole Durrick, Lally School of Management & Technology; Jacqueline Farmer, Division of the Chief Information Officer; Emily Luddy, School of Architecture; Pat Marra, Language Literature, and Communication; Marie McDowell, Division of Human Resources; Paula Monahan, Cognitive Science; Cindy Novak, Office of the
Provost; Tanya Rautine, Office of Research; Danielle Rinaldi, Finance; Sharon Simmons, School of Science; Bonnie Skarka, Office of the Vice President for Enrollment; and Cynthia Smith, Division of Student Life.

United Way works closely with business, labor, government, colleges and universities, and human services organizations. Last year, nearly 80 campaign volunteers worked to raise funds.

For more information regarding the 2011 United Way Campaign, go to

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