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My father, my grandfather, and I all attended Auburn University for our college years. As far as I know, my children will eventually enroll at Auburn as well. Auburn University has been a big part of my family’s heritage. Now that I am on staff at Auburn, the Faculty Staff Campaign gives me an opportunity to show my support in a tangible way. When I give to Auburn, it encourages other potential donors to give as well. Auburn’s fundraising success provides crucial resources to continue the excellence here that we all expect and appreciate, and it’s great to know that my participation in the Faculty Staff Campaign plays a part in this.
There are many meaningful areas for consideration when designating a gift to Auburn—much more than I realized before helping with the Faculty Staff Campaign. Last year, I designated my gift to my department’s gift fund. This money allows our department to host events and activities during the year for all of us to enjoy. It’s great to be able to choose from so many meaningful areas and programs within the university.
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Since first attending Auburn, I knew what a special place it was and what all Auburn had afforded me so I wanted to give back. Pay it forward, if you will. When I came back to work at Auburn University, I got to see firsthand what the benefits of giving were for the university. I know the importance of the funding of scholarships so that young people can reach their goals and dreams and am committed to continuing to give.
I designate my gift to the Belinda Reynolds Michaud Scholarship in the College of Human Sciences. I actually inherited my love for Auburn from my beloved sister Belinda. She was a very successful business woman that always attributed her success to Auburn. We unfortunately lost her to cancer nine years ago at the early age of 51. My family knew that the best way to pay tribute to her was to establish a scholarship in her name so she could in fact, “pay it forward” also. We knew that she would want to afford other students like herself the ability to attend Auburn University and the College of Human Sciences. It is in fact an honor to be able to pay tribute to her in this way.