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More ASU staffers donate, enjoy perks at football game

November 20, 2014

Yet another ASU staffer will be enjoying this Saturday’s game against Washington State from a bird’s eye view. Stacey Whitecotton was drawn from a pool of United Way campaign donors to receive a pair of box seat tickets at Sun Devil Stadium.

Also a winner this week, David Nielsen will have the honor of guest coaching this Saturday’s game; he will submit a diagram of the play he would like ASU to open the game with.

“If we all pitch in a little bit, we can make a big impact,” Nielsen said of donating to United Way.

This year, ASU President Michael Crow is challenging faculty, staff, ASU retirees, emeriti and the ASU Foundation to achieve a combined goal of $700,000.

For the next chance at winning a United Way pledge prize, pledges must be received by Nov. 27. Prizes for the drawing include a signed football for donations at or greater than $100 ($1.93 per week) and a Pitchfork Pass, which provides general admission seating to all regular season Olympic Sporting Events, for donations at or greater than $1,000 ($19.24 per week). Winners will be drawn Nov. 28 and featured in the following week’s edition of ASU Insight.

Here’s how to donate:

1. Get the ASU United Way Pledge Form
2. Send to: ASU United Way, Attn: Katie Aguilar, Mail Code 1304

All who give to United Way will be offered tickets to a non-conference men's or women’s basketball game.

Stacey Whitecotton

Q: What do you do at ASU?
A: I am the senior associate dean for graduate programs in the W. P. Carey School of Business. I joined the ASU faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor in the School of Accountancy.

Q: Why do you donate to United Way?
A: I started donating to United Way when I joined ASU and have tried to increase my contributions every year.

Q: What do you hope for United Way to accomplish?
A: While the United Way helps individuals around the Valley in many ways, I think their most important objective is helping families achieve financial stability. Giving people the resources, skills and confidence to help themselves is the key.

Q: What is something everyone should know about the United Way campaign?
A: As a business professor, I am impressed with how efficiently the Valley of the Sun United Way operates. With one of the lowest administrative overhead rates in the industry, more of every dollar contributed (more than 90 percent) goes directly to help the people who really need it.

Q: Do you have any special plans for your box seat tickets?
A: We are looking forward to watching the Sun Devils beat Washington State this Saturday! Go Devils!

David Nielsen

Q: What do you do at ASU?
A: I am an assistant professor of chemical engineering and have been at ASU since Fall 2009.

Q: Why do you donate to United Way?
A: We need to take care of each other. I believe that giving back through United Way helps not only those in need, but is also essential to the health and progress of the entire community.

Q: What do you hope for United Way to accomplish?
A: To help provide support and opportunities for those who need a little help getting back on their feet, or who are going through a rough patch.

Q: Do you have any special plans for your guest coach pass?
A: I'm looking forward to taking my dad to the game, as he will be visiting us from out of state.