Welcome to the 2015 State Employee Charitable Campaign "Use our powers for good, we must."

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100% areas celebrated, campaign climbing toward $375,000

At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, we are approaching $372,000 with participation from more than 1,500 great employees. Thank you.

We like to highlight and celebrate the areas that reach 100 percent participation in the campaign. Last year, each person in every area that reached 100 percent participation had the size of their email storage allotment increased by 100 megabytes. That incentive returns this year, but in 2015, each person in areas that reach 100 percent participation will have their allotment increased by 200 MBs. Just in time for holiday spam!

The areas with 100% participation as of noon on Nov. 24 are: Health Outcomes; Health System – Finance; Health Policy & Legislative Affairs; HR ADA; HR Employee Relations; Incinerator Service Center; Internal Investigations; IS-AdminSyst-PS FMS_HCM; IS-Business Operations; IS-ClinRev-Billing; IS-ClinRev-Gen; IS-Ops-Access Management ; IS-Security; Knowledge Mgmt & Data Resource; Mail Services; Medical Staff Services; Office of Academic & Student Affairs; Office of Legal and Regulatory Affair; Office of the President/Operations; Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Health Care; OPIC - Pedi Urgent Care; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; Pastoral Care-Hospital Chaplaincy; Pediatrics Neurology; Planning & Performance Management; President's Initiative; Property Services Contracts; SOM-CBC; SON Business Affairs Office; SON Distance Ed & Multimedia; Teen Mental Health; Telemedicine; Trauma Services; Treasury Services; University Events Administration; UTMB Health Endocrinology, Angleton; UTMB HCS Administration; VL Town Center – Phlebotomy; VP, Budget & Analysis; and the West Region. Thanks to all.

Drawing winner announced, campaign approaches $350,000

Congratulations to Tina Jobe, a revenue cycle team leader in Contract Administration. She was the lucky winner of our prize drawing for dinner for two to Saltwater Grill, randomly selected from among all the individuals who had pledged as of late last Friday night. Missed your chance? You will have one more opportunity; we'll feature one final drawing at the end of the campaign. Everyone who makes a pledge will be eligible. Check back for details.

As of Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., we were tethering on the brink of $350,000. Our total was $349,561 from 1,445 generous employees. Be the one to help us get past this next milestone...Pledge Now.

SECC approaches $300K; it’s a great day to make your pledge

Dear Fellow UTMB Crusaders,

David Marshall, 2015 SECC Chair

We’re just past the halfway point in the State Employee Charitable Campaign, and I’m very grateful for the $285,000 we’ve raised from more than 1,000 employees.

Our goal is $500,000 and we’re at a critical time in the campaign. The deadline looms like the Death Star; the SECC closes at midnight Monday, Dec. 7.

This is the time of year we gather with friends and family to show gratitude for our many blessings. I hope you’ll consider SECC as a way to share your good fortune.

The support we provide is critical to groups feeding the hungry, providing a warm place for the homeless, supporting veterans, sheltering at-risk families, making the holidays special for needy kids, providing assistance for those struggling with health or financial challenges, and helping with hundreds of other worthwhile causes. Every dollar we raise matters, every gift is appreciated regardless of the amount, and where your dollars go is your choice.

This season, I’ll be grateful for you: for your support of the SECC, and for all you do to make UTMB successful. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me or campaign coordinator Becky Trout.

With heartfelt thanks and best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday,

David Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer
2015 SECC Chair

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Let's keep it climbing

As more have joined our effort to support many great causes, the campaign thermometer has continued to rise. On Tuesday afternoon, we had passed the $233,500 mark, with support from 784 excellent employees. Thank you to those who have already provided support. A token of our thanks will be on its way to you soon.

We know people don't support the SECC for a trinket or chance at a prize. Our long history with the SECC has taught us that people give for all the right reasons: out of commitment to their community or cause, because they feel it is a duty to give back, because it makes them feel good to share. Like the Force, altruism and genuine generosity run deep among members of our UTMB community. We know because people have shared their reasons, some very personal and moving. See what people have said...

Feeling lucky? This is better than a night at the Star Wars Cantina…

Saltwater Grill

In Star Wars IV, the pirate city of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine is the site for a very happening cantina. Not to be outdone, Galveston has the most excellent Saltwater Grill, and two of our own very special intergalactic creatures will soon enjoy a free dinner, compliments of the Grill’s generous owners.

Make your pledge by midnight on Friday, Nov. 20 to be entered in a drawing for dinner for two at Saltwater Grill. We’ll announce the winner on Monday. And special thanks to the Jedi at Saltwater Grill for making this premium possible.

A few have done much: Consider an SECC pledge to support veterans

On Nov. 10, the State Employee Charitable Campaign is near $132,000, pledged by 338 stellar members of our community. We’re very appreciative of this robust start and salute those who’ve made their pledges early and paved the way.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and the SECC offers a number of organizations dedicated to supporting veterans in Texas and across the country. Consider a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans through a pledge to SECC.

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SECC blasts off with an "epic interstellar campaign" and agency fair on Nov. 5

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) brought hope to those in need.

David Marshall, 2015 SECC Chair

I'm honored to serve as the chairman for UTMB's 2015 SECC, and I'm hoping you'll join our alliance for an epic interstellar campaign.

This year's theme plays off another popular blockbuster, and we hope it inspires and engages you to help us rocket past our goal of $500,000. We have a great campaign planned, starting with a chance to meet many participating agencies on November 5:

2015 SECC Blast Off and Agency Fair
Thursday, November 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Moody Medical Library Plaza, Galveston Campus

Local charities throughout the areas we serve rely heavily on our donations to do their good work. With employees across the region and state, our impact is far reaching—almost galactic. UTMB’s long legacy of kindness and caring provides food, shelter, health care and varied forms of support and encouragement for people in great need and causes worth supporting.

On a personal note, giving to the SECC is something I find very satisfying. I’m able to target the charities and causes that are meaningful to me, and support them to whatever extent I can. I know that even as I spread out my gifts, if I can’t give as much as I would like to a particular cause, others are giving along with me. Because of this, every gift, no matter how small, makes a difference.  I truly believe our employee campaign is one of the best, most convenient and meaningful ways to help others.  

Learn more at www.utmb.edu/SECC or make your contribution now at www.utmb.edu/secc/pledge.

We’ll be visiting with groups in the coming weeks, have some incentives to share, and will be communicating regularly. If you are new to UTMB or have never participated in the past, this is a great year to join the effort.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me or Becky Trout for assistance. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

May the force be with us.

David Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer
2015 SECC Chair

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It’s almost that time of the year…are you feeling the force?

Halloween is in the air, the agencies are in place, a chairperson has been selected, and we’re working harder than a herd of Ewoks to get all the pieces ready for SECC 2015.

Last year, Todd Leach as the Tin Man led us on an adventure down the yellow brick road; our efforts yielded more than half-a-million dollars and made over-the-rainbow dreams come true for the charities, causes and people we supported. This year, the battle takes place among the stars, where our alliance of committed employees awaits. Join us in a galaxy not so far away as we prove that at UTMB, good hearts and generous spirits conquer all.

The 2015 campaign blasts off on Thursday, November 5.

2015 State Employee Charitable Campaign "The Force is strong with this one."

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