Message from the Chancellor – UIS Workplace Giving Campaign

September 23

Good afternoon:

Participation in the annual State and University Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) campaign has been a UIS tradition for more than 20 years. UIS employees show great generosity each year, and I know the 2020 campaign will be no different.

As we prepare to launch this year’s SECA campaign, it is important to note that charities are facing hard times amid prolonged lockdowns and a declining economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities across the world, leaving millions of people out of work or suffering in other ways. It would be easy to throw in the towel and ignore the needs, but from what I understand about this university, I fully expect UIS faculty and staff to rise to the challenge. Philanthropy is a core value at UIS, and our employees repeatedly go the extra mile through both good and challenging times.

If you are able to help financially this year, I ask for your participation in the SECA campaign to advance the remarkable work these charities are accomplishing in spite of the pandemic. To maintain social distancing and safety during COVID-19, the campaign will operate differently this year. Information about the move to an electronic campaign, including instructions on how to make payroll and/or one-time gifts, can be found at:

I applaud the spirit of generosity on this campus, and I look forward to a successful campaign. Thank you for your consideration.

United In Safety

Karen M. Whitney, Ph.D.