The University Record, October 1, 2001

United Way honors volunteer Aksamit, kicks off 2001 campaign

By Vicky Bistolaridis
News and Information Services
and Martin May

Various U-M departments and individuals were recognized for their contributions to the United Way campaign at the annual kickoff luncheon. Among those recognized, Sharon Aksamit was honored for her years of service as the U-M United Way campaign coordinator.

Sharon Aksamit has been instrumental in the success of the University’s United Way Campaign for the past 15 years. She was responsible for counting all the pledges and for issuing reports on the campaign’s progress. During her 15 years as a United Way volunteer, Aksamit has tallied $14,167,685 in pledges. “It was very challenging and stressful to count the amount of pledges received, but the experience was fun,” Aksamit says. “I believe in the United Way and everything it stands for.”

Aksamit, administrative associate at the Office of Financial Analysis, is moving on to greater responsibilities within her department. As a result, she will no longer be able to play the significant role in the United Way campaign that she has for so many years. Speaking on her recognition, Aksamit says, “I enjoyed working on the campaign a great deal, and it was very nice to be recognized for my work.”

The 2001 campaign is moving ahead with a goal of $1.14 million. Gilbert Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs, is serving as the U-M chairperson for this year’s campaign. He noted the importance of giving back to the community and how seriously the University takes that role.

Speaking to the University’s role, President Lee C. Bollinger says, “It is very important that the University do its part for the community.” Bollinger mentioned that issues of civil rights will need to be addressed with regard to the United Way’s relationship with the Boy Scouts and the University’s anti-discrimination policy.

Gold, silver and bronze awards will be given out to University departments on the basis of per capita contributions. Persons contributing may select the specific charities they wish to help.

For more information about the University’s 2001 United Way campaign, call the Government Relations Office, (734) 763-5554, or send e-mail to