Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

Collegiate volunteers play vital role in supporting conservation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 27, 2013 – 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 $15,000 during the 2012 calendar year. Collegiate chapters throughout the country raised more than $768,000 in 2012, more than $432,000 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. Lamar University
  2. Mississippi State University
  3. Texas A&M University
  4. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  5. University of Tennessee
  6. Colorado State University
  7. North Carolina State University
  8. Louisiana State University
  9. Murray State University
  10. Clemson University
  11. East Carolina University
  12. University of Mississippi
  13. Louisiana Tech University
  14. Stephen F. Austin State University
  15. University of Alabama
  16. Purdue University

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU has conserved more than 13 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 Connect with us on our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at and watch DU videos at

Emily Robinson
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