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Faculty and staff encouraged to give during annual campaign

Oct. 16, 2013

ECU News Services

The annual State Employees Combined Campaign got under way at East Carolina University this week – an easy and effective way to donate money to local charities and nonprofits.

Last year, ECU faculty and staff contributed more than $210,000 that was distributed to hundreds of SECC-recognized agencies. The three faculty and staff members pictured above are only a few of the many, many ECU employees who donate time and treasure to the causes and charities they support. Read about their passions, and find your own reason to give this year.

For more information on giving via SECC or to determine whether the initiative funds your chosen cause, visit

ECU employees may complete a donation form or donate online using their Pirate IDs and passwords.

If you have questions about ECU’s part in the campaign, contact an ECU SECC co-chair:

Cal Christian: Invested

Cal Christian, associate professor of accounting at ECU, donates more than just money to the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville.

Cal Christian
Between 2004 and 2011, at different times, Christian served as the treasurer, vice president and president for the local Ronald McDonald House. The house serves a community of more than 20 counties by providing the families of sick children with a temporary place to call home free of charge.

Recently, the services offered by the Ronald McDonald House were extended into the Children’s Hospital at Vidant. With 23 rooms available in the main Ronald McDonald housing facility and six more rooms added within Vidant, the families are able to sleep, cook, shower and wash clothes while remaining close to their child.

When Christian first moved to Greenville, he heard from one of his colleagues that the organization needed a treasurer.

“Through his involvement and encouragement, I found out about the impact the RMH was having in eastern North Carolina and wanted to get involved.”

Christian gives through SECC to show that ECU is invested in our local community.

“By making a contribution to the Ronald McDonald House through the SECC, it allows the Ronald McDonald House to see how much [ECU] supports their efforts,” said Christian.

-- Jamitress Bowden

Barbara Campbell: Paying it Forward

Executive Assistant Barbara Campbell knows what a difference the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County can make in someone's life.

When her house burned down in 2001, she said she needed somewhere to send her children that was safe and fostered their developmental skills. So she turned to the Boys & Girls Club.
Barbara Campbell

"I saw a difference in (my children's) lives," said Campbell, who works in ECU Business Services. "They were involved in leadership activities and other social arenas. Giving through the SECC enables me to give back to the Boys & Girls Club. Somewhat like the 'pay it forward' concept."

Campbell also gives to the Brain Injury Association through the SECC, after that organization affected the life of a co-worker's family member. 

"The SECC provides opportunities for me to designate specifically where I want my contributions to go," she explained. "And sometimes I get forgetful. This method helps ensure greater accountability. Instead of saying a check is in the mail, I can say with confidence, 'I already gave.'"

-- Kathryn Kennedy

Robert Campbell: Making a Difference

Reading is a skill that many people take for granted, but not Robert Campbell, who volunteers with Literacy Volunteers – Pitt County.

Robert Campbell
“Learning to read can open so many doors for people: better lifestyle, better job and better health,” said Campbell, associate professor of health services and information management in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

“Plus it gives me a chance to work one-on-one with a person and I can see firsthand that I am making a difference.”

The group’s mission is to improve the literacy skills of adults in the community, which includes proficiency in reading and writing, basic math, computer skills and health literacy. The non-profit organization also offers an English as a Second Language program.

Campbell’s ECU students also have benefited from his volunteer service each week.

“I have learned how to use different instructional techniques that can have a positive impact on the cognitive development of an individual who is learning something for the first time,” Campbell said.

It’s important to give back to the community, Campbell said. “Part of the mentoring I received at both an undergraduate and graduate level taught me that I should be of benefit to the people I come in contact with on a daily basis, and this was one avenue for doing so,” he said.

Literacy Volunteers receives most of its funding through grants and donations and is a funded partner of the United Way of Pitt County, one of the local agencies supported through the State Employees Combined Campaign.   

-- Crystal Baity