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SECC makes giving easy

SECC LogoTexas A&M Health Science Center-Baylor College of Dentistry employees raised $15,000 during the State Employees Charitable Campaign (SECC), which concluded Oct. 31. A vendor fair, a coffee break and a pumpkin-decorating contest were just some of the ways they celebrated the college’s participation in the annual campaign that allows Texas state employees to give to charities of their choice through payroll deduction or one-time contribution.

Pat Lopez, regional human resources director; and Jo Spears, project director in research and graduate studies; co-chaired the 2010 SECC Leadership Committee, which spearheaded planning.

SECC group Committee members were: Angela Hickman, clinic accounting supervisor in clinical affairs; Bonnie Robinson, communications specialist in communications & institutional advancement; Cindy Copeland, manager of building services in facilities services; Claudia Rubalcado, program specialist in printing services; Dale Lewis, clinic coordinator in professional services; Debbie Ruff,  purchasing manager in purchasing; Liz Lester, assistant director of student aid; Dr. Loulou Moore, associate professor of restorative sciences; Mary Noon, publications designer in media resources; Richard Cardenas, administrative coordinator in public health sciences; Rita Rorie, accounting technician in financial services; Sidney Whitley, assistant chief of security; and Andrea Campos, human resources analyst in human resources.

Taryn Walker and FriendTaryn Walker, assistant registrar in the office of the registrar and graduate admissions, won the pumpkin-decorating contest from a field of eight entries.

Pumpkins decorated by the departments of financial services and biomedical sciences took second and third place, respectively.

After voting, the pumpkins were auctioned. The contest raised $290, which was donated to LifeNet Community Behavioral Healthcare, Walker’s charity of choice.