ISU's campus United Way campaign kicks off

September 28 2006

President Benjamin. Jim Jensen, and Jim Bertoli pose with Sycamore Sam.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University campus kicked off its 2006 United Way campaign Sept. 28 in Dede III of Hulman Memorial Student Union.

Representatives from the United Way joined campus leaders for a luncheon and presentation to gear up for this year's campaign - "What Matters" in the Wabash Valley.

President Lloyd W. Benjamin III, challenged the campus community to reach this year's goal of increasing the participation among the ISU community.

"By supporting the United Way, members of the ISU community can make a difference and can help transform lives. We are in a position to give back in some very significant ways. We give of talent. We give of time. We give of means," he said.

"Our job is to demonstrate through our philanthropy that the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Lifeline, the American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice and the 31 other United Way agencies matter to us and to our community. It's hard to imagine an individual who doesn't have a relative, friend or co-worker who has been served by these agencies," Benjamin added.

Jim Jensen, chairman of the campus campaign and director of operations and maintenance in facilities management, encouraged campus leaders to set a good example by giving what they can to this year's campaign.

"Whether it's $1 or $1,000, your contribution will be greatly appreciated," Jensen said, adding he hoped to meet or exceed 50 percent participation.

Last year, the ISU community raised $61,597, with 23% participation. ISU had 12 vangard donors, earning second place out of more than 500 companies in the Wabash Valley.

"With last year's success to build from, I am optimistic that this year will be one of the most successful United Way Campus Campaigns in ISU's history," Jensen said.

President Benjamin
The ISU Campus Campaign Steering Committee includes Jensen, Bob English, Academic Affairs; Tony Brewer, McNair Program; Nancy Brattain Rogers, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement; and Mary Kelly, Career Center.

United Way executive director Jim Bertoli also spoke during the luncheon.

Bertoli said over the past six years, ISU employees have been very supportive of the United Way, contributing a total of $381,376.

"I can always count on Indiana State," he said. "It's not just the money. It's everything else you do."

In addition to the financial support, several members of the ISU community, including students, have served on fund distribution panels and two members serve on the board of directors.

Jensen said during the next three months the campaign team will be sending contribution materials to all campus employees. "We plan to have the campaign wrapped up by mid-December."

For more information call Jensen at (812) 237-8194. More information about United Way of the Wabash Valley can be found at


Contact: Jim Jensen, facilities management, (812) 237-8194

Writer: Paula Meyer, Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or

ISU Communications & Marketing: (812) 237-3773 or

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The Indiana State University campus kicked off its 2006 United Way campaign Sept. 28 in Dede III of Hulman Memorial Student Union.

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