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University Libraries Receive Top Award for University Giving Campaign

Date: February 10, 2009


On Thursday, Feb. 5, the University Libraries and Center for Creative Photography received a wonderful honor at the culmination celebration of UA Cares: A Campaign for Community Giving. The first-ever UA Cares "Perpetual Motion" traveling trophy was presented to Dean Carla Stoffle and campaign co-coordinators Laura Bender and Jeanne Pfander. The University Libraries were selected for the highest honor because of their outstanding participation rate in the community campaign and their high level of contributions year after year. Employees at the Libraries contributed about $16,000 to UA Cares. The Libraries' participation rate of about 50 percent "is really high for a large unit like that," said Holly Altman, Director of Outreach & Community Partnerships at the UA Office of Community Relations.

The one-of-a-kind award was created by Tucson artist Ned Schaper (also known as Mat Bevel) of the Mat Bevel Institute Museum of Kinetic Art. Made entirely from found objects - including a clock, a license plate, a golf cart and clubs, a trophy, and UA insignia - the award features a butterfly that actually flaps its wings. The traveling trophy is now on display in the Library Administration Office on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. Next year, the trophy will move to another unit on campus.

As first-time coordinators of the campaign, Bender and Pfander's successful fundraising efforts included a raffle and food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank. Thanks to generous donations, their food drive collected 361 pounds of food and $345 in cash. All of the credit for this great award goes to Laura Bender, Jeanne Pfander, and Libraries staff.

For more information, please visit http://uacares.arizona.edu/