Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.
To qualify for this year's Sweet 16, chapters must have raised more than $14,000 during the 2011 calendar year. Collegiate chapters throughout the country raised more than $600,000 in 2011, more than $300,000 of which was from the Sweet 16 chapters.
"Ducks Unlimited's university program continues to be a vital part of our organization's mission. It is a valued revenue generator for our conservation efforts, as well as an important source of organizational awareness and leadership," said David Schuessler, DU's national director of grassroots fundraising. "I congratulate not only the Sweet 16 chapter volunteers but all college students who have chosen to support DU through university chapters, and I encourage those who have not attended an event to come share in the excitement and fun!"
This year's Sweet 16 college chapters are:
1. North Carolina State University
2. East Carolina University
3. Milwaukee School of Engineering
4. Texas A&M University
5. Purdue University
6. Mississippi State University
7. University of Alabama
8. University of South Carolina
9. Bemidji State University
10. Western Kentucky University
11. The Citadel
12. Lamar University
13. Kansas State University
14. Stephen F. Austin State University
15. Boise State University
16. Louisiana Tech University
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.