As a valued member of our campus community, you help to make UW-Superior an exceptional place to learn and live. Thank you for your personal and professional commitment to student success.
With our new campaign now underway, we invite you to participate in this year’s Faculty & Staff Campaign.
The five pillars of our SUPERIOR VISIONS: PEOPLE, PROGRAMS, PROGRESS campaign are:
- Invest in Students - Scholarships, Undergraduate Research and Internships
- Invest in Teaching - Endowed Fund for Faculty and Staff Professional Development
- Invest in Programs - Superior Fund, Academic and Co-Curricular Programs
- Strengthening our Region - Center for Community Engaged Learning
- Funding our Future - Deferred/Estate Gift Commitments
When you make a gift to the Foundation, you choose what’s most meaningful to you and where you want your support to go. You choose your preferred method of giving, whether it’s a one-time gift or payroll deduction. And you choose a gift amount that’s comfortable for you.
Every gift - no matter the amount - counts towards the campaign and our goal of achieving 100 Faculty & Staff donors by December 31.
Thank you from your friends in the Advancement and Foundation Office,
How to give
Why I Believe in the Vision
Beth Gilbert - Professor and Dept. Chair, Music
I "believe in the vision" because I have been a part of this university for 34 years, and I strongly believe that education is one of the most important investments that one can make for a better future for us all. I especially love watching our UW-Superior students grow and become individuals that succeed in life. For me, contributing to music scholarships that directly assist the students I know so well is very rewarding.
I’ll be honest in that I also give to the Foundation because of the tax benefits. By making a gift before the end of the calendar year, I pay less in income taxes. Why should I give my money to the IRS when I can donate it to a great cause like supporting UW-Superior students? It’s a win for me and a win for our students! Please consider giving if you are able - any gift makes a difference!
Eleni Pinnow - Associate Professor, Psychology
I "believe in the vision" because I love my job, and I know without a doubt UW-Superior is a place that offers students a transformational opportunity. For many of our students, financial support is absolutely critical for their continued attendance at UW-S. Students often work full-time and they frequently have financial responsibilities to their families. The demands on students’ time and pocketbooks are plentiful. Many students are caught in a difficult loop of needing to work to pay for school, and then struggling with academics because work takes up so much of their time.
I invest in students by contributing to scholarships. I view my gifts to the UW-Superior Foundation as a way to help ease the burden that many of today’s students face. I have also provided for continued scholarship funding through my estate plans, so future students will have extra time and breathing room to focus on their own academic and personal growth. I love all that UW-Superior can do for our students, and I am deeply honored to be a part of continuing that legacy.
Jen Bird - Director, New Student Services
I "believe in the vision" because being an alum of UW-Superior is something I am proud of. I feel this institution gave me a lot and continues to give me a lot as an employee. I know that there were people who were contributing to my education back then, and I want to do the same for students now. I support the Spirit Scholarship because I see so many students who are passionate about being here, but struggle with the financial piece. Some are working multiple jobs and still struggle to make the payments. I don’t want finances to be the reason a student doesn’t complete their education. And I love the payroll deduction because it’s already built into my budget and it happens automatically. I don’t have to think about sending a check in somewhere, or paying a lump sum at one point during the year. It’s a great way to make giving easier to manage and more appealing.
Mark MacLean - Director, International Programs
I "believe in the vision" and give because, like most of us at UWS, this more than just a job for me. I have worked here for more than 12 years, and I believe in UWS as an institution and the mission we serve. Obviously, I have a particular emphasis on international education, having seen firsthand how studying in another country can transform lives. Giving is a way to financially help that mission and also send a message of support to our students, faculty and staff.
Melinda Yingling - Residence Life Associate
I "believe in the vision" because I graduated from UW-Superior in 1998 and have worked here professionally since 1999. Over the past sixteen years, I have had the honor of working next to some amazing students. I have watched many of them juggle several jobs while attending classes and staying active on-campus. My hope is that I can benefit even one student to have “less on their plate” and thrive in and out of the classroom.