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Proudly Cincinnati Faculty and Staff Campaign Offers Chance to Show UC Spirit
Published June 2011
When her youngest daughter decided to attend the University of Cincinnati, Betsy Boiman was thrilled to have another family member at UC—and the Proudly Cincinnati Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign offered a perfect way to express her delight.
"I originally designated my gift to the Parents Campaign because she was living on campus during her freshman year and it was a good way to show our support and enthusiasm for her choice of UC,” says Boiman, grants administrator and administrative coordinator in the department of surgery’s division of research.
This year, Boiman plans to give to the surgery department’s Institute for Military Medicine, directed by Alex Lentsch, PhD, whom Boiman serves as an assistant to.
"Supporting the scientists in research has given me first-hand knowledge of what our dollars can do; it has been an exciting experience to see the results they produce,” says Boiman.
"In a time of war, I can think of no better ‘thank you’ to our troops than to promote the science that assists in providing the best possible care for wounded warriors.”
Because faculty and staff—following Boiman’s example—can designate their gift to any university priority they choose, there are numerous ways to support UC.
Among the most popular beneficiaries in Fiscal Year 2010, in addition to the College of Medicine itself, were the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund and the UCATs General Fund.
Involvement is the goal of the campaign, with participation valued over gift amount. College of Medicine figures, based on active full-time faculty and staff, were 16 percent in Fiscal Year 2009 and 19 percent in Fiscal Year 2010.
"The College of Medicine should aspire to reach a participation rate of 25 percent this year and higher moving forward,” says Andrew Filak, MD, interim dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs.
UC President Gregory H. Williams has set a goal of 50 percent participation for all faculty and staff by 2019.
Gifts for Fiscal Year 2011, which ends June 30, can be made online at uc.edu/foundation, through payroll deduction or by pledge card.
TESTIMONIAL: Joseph Broderick, MD
"The University of Cincinnati and specifically the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine have played a very large role in my life—first as a medical student and alumnus, then as a faculty member, and most recently as the proud parent of several children who are students in the medical school.
Gifts to the school reflect my wife’s and my thankfulness for the education that my family have received but more importantly represent our commitment to the ongoing mission of the College of Medicine regarding outstanding patient care, education, and innovative and life-changing research.
We have given monies to the Dean’s Fund as well as to specific research and clinical programs of various brain diseases. If we expect the community to be generous in its support of the university and College of Medicine, we must lead by example with our own time and resources."