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Barbara Centeno, UTSA vice president for human resources, (dark hair)
presents a donation to an Any Baby Can representative.

Contest helps HR staff scare up cash for SECC

By Michael Barnett
Administrative Services Officer, Human Resources Management and Development

(Nov. 6, 2008)--The UTSA Office of Human Resources Management and Development has plenty to "crow" about when it comes to the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Or should we say, "scarecrow." HR staff members assembled Oct. 6 for a presentation on the importance of donating to SECC. And, it also was the kick-off for a scarecrow design contest.

Staff members divided into five teams and created scarecrow displays with HR themes. "Voting" for the best scarecrow was in the form of donations. The winning team was recognized and the proceeds benefited Any Baby Can, an agency that serves families with children facing serious health or developmental challenges. A representative of Any Baby Can spoke at the Oct. 6 meeting about the services of the organization and described how families have been helped.

The scarecrow/team-building contest that ensued was like no other, as each of the five teams' scarecrows had to be themed to an HR goal. After three tough days of campaigning, Team 5 -- Metrics Man (Measuring Our Success) managed to win the popular vote at $62.64. However, all teams were winners, collecting a total of $200 for Any Baby Can.

Other teams and themes were:

  • Team 1 -- Father Time (Time Management Through the Time Entry System)
  • Team 2 -- Suzy Service (Living the Principle of Service)
  • Team 3 -- Care Crow (Caring About Your Total Compensation)
  • Team 4 -- Happy Auditor (Audit Success Through Honesty and Integrity)

HR staff members agreed that the scarecrow contest was an excellent opportunity for team building as well as charity.

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SECC extended through Friday, Nov. 7

As of Nov. 4, UTSA has 66 percent employee participation in the State Employee Charitable Campaign. If you have not made a donation, it's not too late! The campaign was extended through Friday, Nov. 7.

Donate online to SECC, or turn in your form to your Area Delegate or send it to the Office of External Affairs.

For assistance, contact your Area Delegate or the UTSA Office of External Affairs at (210) 458-5102.

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