President Roderick J. McDavis and First Lady Deborah McDavis are among those who stepped out on Jan. 28 to show off their United Appeal T shirts.

Photo courtesy of: Becky Watts


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The president and provost’s offices auction off time and work in support of United Appeal Committee

To encourage participation, the United Appeal planning committee has begun a little friendly competition. The planning unit that has the highest participation rate among its staff and faculty will win one hour of work from President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit.

United Appeal serves 13 agencies in southeast Ohio and provides services for those in need. This fun-filled event is sure to boost participation rates. McDavis and Benoit are willing do a range of tasks from filing papers, answering phones to sweeping floors and taking out the trash.

OHIO has been a partner to United Appeal for many years and their partnership has helped United Appeal thrive. Besides the first place prizes, there are also prizes for the planning units that come in second and third places.

Second place will receive one hour of work from Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding. Third place will win one hour of work from the Presidential Chief of Staff Becky Watts, who is chairing the United Appeal planning committee.

Watts, the United Appeal committee chair, is looking forward to working with United Appeal in this new, fun and exciting way.

"It is a joy to work with the United Appeal committee at Ohio University this year. This campaign gives the University family a highly visible way to connect with our friends and neighbors in the Athens community. When faculty, staff and students give their support to United Appeal, it sends a clear message that we treasure being part of the greater community and we understand what it means to reach out to a neighbor in need,” said Watts.

The committee hopes the friendly competition and the prizes serve to gear up competition in the hopes for good results. Students in the residence halls can get involved as well and help fundraise.

On Feb. 28, calculations will begin to determine the final participation rates and help choose the top three planning units.