University of Ottawa United Way campaign underway; Campus challenges for colleges and departments

The 87th campaign of the U of A United Way is officially underway, from October 1 to November 5, and the first renewals have already represented more than $ 30,000 in donations.

The Co-Chairs added some motivation to this year’s campaign by creating a pair of challenges on campus.

The co-chairs are Deacue Fields, dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; Brian Primack, Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions; and Rick Thorpe, assistant director of external engagement athletics with Razorback Athletics.

“For 90 years, United Way of Northwest Arkansas has served our region,” said Fields. “Since 1931, Centraide has helped families, children, adolescents and others through education, housing, healthy food, early childhood development, and physical and mental well-being. . We want to harness that power on campus. Our goal this year is $ 100,000, and we have a challenge for you. “

The group created the Dean’s Challenge Award, which goes to college with the highest percentage of contributing employees, as well as the Department Challenge Award, which goes to the department with the highest percentage of donating employees.

This year’s campaign marks two milestones such as the 90th anniversary of United Way of Northwest Arkansas as well as the 150th anniversary of the U of A. In honor of the university’s 150th anniversary, anyone who is not already making an annual donation of $ 150 or more is urged to consider donating $ 150 this year, which comes to $ 12.50 per month.

“United Way is a great organization,” said Primack. “Ninety-eight cents of every dollar you donate stays here in Northwest Arkansas.

Payroll deductions, recurring donations or one-time credit card donations can be made online at Payroll deductions are reauthorized annually and deductions begin in January 2022. Faculty and staff can donate to a specific organization through United Way of Northwest Arkansas. Any donation of $ 100 or more to a 501 (c) (3) organization, as defined by the IRS, and serving Northwest Arkansas will go directly to that organization.

Donation cards are distributed to campus staff who do not have regular internet access and must be returned to a campus coordinator. A full list of campus coordinators as well as progress towards the campaign goal can be found at

“The University of Arkansas has an impressive track record in teaching, research, athletics and outreach,” Thorpe said. “Fayetteville was recently ranked the fourth best place to live in the country, but we know that even here in Northwest Arkansas people are in dire need. Individuals and families are still in need in our area. community. Please donate to United Way. “

To learn more about the work of United Way of NWA in our community, visit

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life. ; and who will be the prime candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and a longtime U.S. senator who made the state a major player in national and international agriculture. For more information on Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @ Bumpers College and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes to more than $ 2.2 billion for the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of US colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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