More than 800 employees of Utah State University gave back $520,000 to the university last year. The money was used to help students pay tuition and travel to special educational events, upgrade classrooms and labs and purchase additional library resources. April is “Family Fund Month” at USU, the annual spring campaign among faculty and staff to raise charitable gifts for the university. It is the employee portion of USU’s ongoing comprehensive campaign. Campaign co-chair Carol Strong says students especially need help this year because jobs are hard to find and requests for aid are up 30 percent. She says, sadly, an increasing number of students are dropping out of school because they cannot make ends meet.The other co-chair, Chuck Gay, says employees have forgone salary increases and administrators have given back a portion of their salaries during the current tough economic period.
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