State and University Employees Combined Appeal

SECA is a once-a-year voluntary campaign that allows state and university employees to donate to 12 charities representing more than 2,000 agencies.

The campaign kicks off on October 4, 2016 and concludes on November 18, 2016.

SECA 2016 Booklet Cover

SECA Facts

  • $1 per paycheck will cover the cost of a hospital blood count for a sick child.
  • A $7 donation per week will pay for an athlete to compete in Special Olympics for one year.
  • $5 per week can provide housing, a meal and assistance toward self-sufficiency to 20 homeless individuals.
  • $10 per paycheck will purchase a lightweight wheelchair for a person who is physically challenged.
  • One in four state/university employees directly receives benefits from at least one of the 12 SECA charities.


Join us on Tuesday, October 11 as we celebrate the fall season with German food, Oktoberfest beers and Riesling wine. The cost is $10 per person. Oktoberfest will be held in the PAC Food Emporium Patio from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Annual Bake Sale/Silent Auction

The annual bake sale will be held on October 25, 2016 outside of PAC C/D in the Main Concourse. All proceeds will be divided between the 12 participating charities.



Join us for games, fun, food, prizes, and BINGO on Tuesday, October 18 in PAC C/D from noon to 1:00pm. Doors open at 11:45am for sign in and food purchase. Sheets are $5 apiece (each sheet has 4 Bingo cards) with a maximum of two sheets.

We will be serving ultimate nachos, popcorn and Pepsi products. “Thank you Springfield Pepsi for donating the Pepsi.”

Brown Bag Sessions

SECA Brown Bag

The SECA Committee is proud to sponsor a series of brown bag sessions to raise money for the 12 participating charities. Mark your calendar for these fun events:

  • Gourd Birdhouse Craft
    When: Wednesday, October 5 at noon
    Where: UHB 1031
    Cost: $5
  • Oktoberfest
    When: Tuesday, October 11 at 3:00pm
    Where: PAC Food Emporium Patio
    Cost: $10
  • Landscape to Table
    When: Thursday, October 13 at noon
    Where: PAC H
    Cost: $5
  • Bingo
    When: Tuesday, October 18
    Where: PAC C/D
  • App Mania
    When: Thursday, October 20 at noon
    Where: BRK 141A
    Cost: $5
  • Cutest Pet at UIS
    When: Friday, October 21
    Cost: $1
  • Bake Sale
    When: Tuesday, October 25 at noon
    Where: PAC Main Concourse
  • Easy Holiday Cupcakes
    When: Thursday, November 3 at noon
    Where: PAC H
    Cost: $5

Popcorn & Soda Fundraiser

The second annual Popcorn & Soda Fundraiser was held on September 22, 2016. We raised just over $300 as hungry staff popped down to PAC main concourse to enjoy hot dogs, a bag of popcorn and Pepsi products. “Thank you Springfield Pepsi for donating the Pepsi.” Participants also entered to win a variety of raffle prizes.

The 2016 UIS Committee:

  • Erica Michael
  • Dr. Amie Kincaid
  • Steve Marvel
  • Bev Weddle
  • Toni Langdon

The 12 participating charities:

  • American Cancer Society
  • America’s Charities
  • American Heart Association
  • Black United Fund of Illinois
  • Community Health Charities
  • Community Shares of Illinois
  • Earth Share of Illinois
  • Global Impact
  • Independent Charities of America
  • Special Olympics Illinois
  • United Negro College Fund
  • United Way

UIS Employees Who Give:

Steve Marvel
Building Services

“The program is great. It’s easy, and it’s affordable. The money is taken out of my paycheck, so I don’t notice it’s gone. I’m able to choose what group I want to help, and make a difference in the world.”

Mae Marie Noll
Undergraduate Advising

“As a UIS employee, you can be a part of something real and lasting by participating in the SECA campaign. The campaign is one of a handful of traditions that we do every year that connects us as colleagues.”

Teresa Szabo
Development Office

“I like the fact that I can donate to almost any organization that I want to donate to, whether it’s a national organization or a local organization. And I do it through the payroll deduction, so I can give a bigger gift that way.”

Jamie Voyles
Information Technology Services

“SECA is easy. It’s very confidential. You can give as much or as little as you want. No one who I have dealt with at SECA has ever said give until it hurts. I always say, ‘be thankful for what you have, and give what you can to others.”

Beverly Weddle
CLAS Deans Office

“The contribution I make is taken out of my paycheck, so I never miss the few dollars I give. I encourage each of my co-workers to choose a charity of their choice and give – even if it is only a couple of dollars. You will be surprised how far a couple of dollars will go.”