August 23, 2014  

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Southern Miss Kicks off United Way Campaign on Hattiesburg Campus

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Southern Miss Interim President Dr. Aubrey Lucas speaks at the Hattiesburg campus United Way Campaign kickoff breakfast Tuesday. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Calling on the Hattiesburg campus to continue making “miracles” happen through their support of the United Way, University of Southern Mississippi Interim President Dr. Aubrey Lucas kicked off the school's annual United Way Campaign over breakfast Tuesday morning at the Thad Cochran Center. The campus campaign runs through Nov. 9.

Campus campaign co-chairs include Dr. Steven Cloud, chairman of the Department of Speech and Hearings Sciences; and Corrie Thompson, interim manager with the Office of Contracts and Grants Accounting. Other campus volunteer leaders are assisting in the colleges, schools, departments and other units to secure support for the campaign.

Lucas praised university employees for their past support of the United Way and commitment to helping raise funds for this year’s campaign. “You are the key to the United Way’s success and making the miracles that happen in this community,” he said. “Thank you for what you are doing.”

The United Way supports multiple service agencies in the Pine Belt area, including three located at the university – the DuBard School of Language Disorders, the Children’s Center for Communication and Development and the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention.

Other agencies that benefit from the United Way include the Edwards Street Fellowship Center, Salvation Army and Boy Scouts, among others that provide educational and health services and emergency charitable assistance in our area.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi Executive Director Dan Kibodeaux was also on hand at the kickoff breakfast to thank university employees for their support of the United Way’s overall campaign and previous campaigns. “Good things happen in our community through United Way because of folks like you who care,” he said.

The Southern Miss United Way Care Team includes representatives across campus. Contact one of these representatives in your area to obtain a United Way pledge card, or contact Kameron Dale in the Department of Human Resourcesby e-mail at kameron.dale@usm.eduor Mary Dayne Gregg in the Office of the President at mary.gregg@usm.edufor more information.

Pledge cards can be sent through campus mail to Kameron Dale, Box 5111. With the pledge card, Southern Miss employees and students can make a donation of any amount, and take advantage of the convenient payrolldeduction option as a way to participate in the campaign. Donors can also designate their financial pledge for a specific agency or 501(c) 3 entity. 

There is no minimum on a payroll deduction. For those paid biweekly, the deduction will come out of the second check each month. One-time donations by cash or check can also be made. For those who already have a payroll deduction for United Way and want it to continue, it will remain in place for the current campaign without need for submission of a new pledge card.

For more information about the United Way of Southeast Mississippi and the area agencies it supports, visit www.unitedwaysems.org.