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NMSU's United Way campaign kick-off to be held Aug.

New Mexico State University's United Way Campaign 2003 will kick off with a ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center.

The 2003 Dona Ana County United Way campaign poster was designed by Lynn Middle School sixth-grader Erica Ceniceros.

Site coordinators from the main campus and the Dona Ana Branch Community College will gather with United Way campaign leaders and beneficiaries of United Way services to launch the fund-raising drive. Joe L. Creed, assistant dean of engineering, is coordinating the campus campaign again this year.

Creed said he would like for the campus community to consider payroll deductions this year as a simple and meaningful way to donate.

"Payroll deduction is such an easy way to donate and most people probably would never miss a couple of dollars a month, but it can make a major difference in the community," Creed said. "There are many needs in the community and we need to be prepared to meet them."

Although the United Way of Southwest New Mexico has decided not to set a goal for this year's campaign drive, Creed said he thinks the university can match last year's contribution of $50,000.

Those scheduled to speak at the campaign kick-off include Interim President/Provost William Flores and Bill Grigaliunas, campaign chair. The campaign theme for 2003 will again be "Hometown Heroes." NMSU's fund-raising drive will run until Nov. 30.

For more information about the campaign, call (505) 646-2913 or click on the United Way logo on the NMSU home page.