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The Faculty & Staff Campaign for the University of South Florida is a fundraising effort that allows you, the employees of USF, to make a gift to the area of your choice at the University. These gifts stay at USF, and make a lasting impact in each area that you choose to support.
Kalyani Derasari USF Physician Division of Student Affairs

"I always identified myself very proudly with USF...I'm part of this University, and I need to give back to it."

Kalyani describes November 2, 1980 as a "landmark day...coming to America was a very big dream that I had...it is a permanent print on me." Kalyani was born in Kenya, in East Africa and moved to India at age 11 where she went through her schooling, with her dream for moving to America at the forefront of her mind. "I really wanted to fine tune being a doctor, I had graduated from medical school, but I had heard that American hospitals had all this technology, and they practiced medicine at the cutting edge, and I wanted to learn all these things, which was impossible to do in those days, even in a big city in India."

After close to 6 years of American training in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Kalyani came to USF to accept a position as a University physician, "...during my training I did a lot of college health, and I always wanted to do college health...when the opportunity arose, and there was an appointment available, I was very happy to accept it."

Kalyani has seen the growth in USF, a University that gives her pride "?the University has grown literally in size and its services that it provides to the student community. At Student Health Services we provide a variety of services that we were not previously providing... we offer a lot more things, and so as a provider, I think I am more useful now, and I feel great pride and joy in being part of this University." For Kalyani the pride she feels for USF has factored into her decision to give back financially to the Institution. When she was approached about the Faculty & Staff Campaign, she thought it sounded like a good cause, "I always identified myself very proudly with USF?I?m part of this University, and I need to give back to it."

For Kalyani the decision on which fund to give to was an easy one, "I have given quite often to the Library fund, which is one of my favorites. I think Libraries are truly the learning centers, andf one has to gow academically, this is the place to start." Her academic past also influenced her decision to give to the Library, "I look back when I was in Medical school...I remember my Library...I had to wait in line for hours to get a book. We were allowed to check out only 2 books, they were meant to be checked out only for a week. Sometimes, there would be 50 people trying to get that book and I always thought, when all these students are dying to read, and learn, and grow academically, wouldn't it be wonderful for them to have books so that they could study and enhance their academics..."

Kalyani is able to make a difference through her personal giving; she feels that it is not about the amount contributed but about seeing the difference one can make, "A small contribution goes a long way; even a little contribution makes a big difference in the lives of students."

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