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Staff Appreciation Day brings more than 3,000 UGA employees together

Jennifer Young, who works in business services at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, enjoys one of the many rides, games and activities at this year’s Staff Appreciation Day. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski)

The fifth annual Staff Appreciation Day, organized by the Office of the President, brought more than 3,000 UGA staff members together for an afternoon of food, music, games and relaxation. Coming the week after spring Commencement, the event was a way for the administration to recognize the hard work and contributions of staff.

“This annual event is an exciting way to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the many contributions of our staff in support of the university,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “On behalf of the university, thank you for all you do.”

For many UGA staff members, this event is a time to interact with others across campus.

“This is my second time ­coming to this event, and I love it,” said Layonta Hill of the Facilities Management Division. “This day brings us all together from all departments. It’s a great time of fellowship.”

Activities included various games and entertainment, including lunch with live music by Back in Time and Tropical Breeze. Attendees had a chance to win prizes donated from event sponsors, local vendors and on-campus departments.

Staff members like Tracy Coley are grateful for the outpouring of appreciation.

“I think this is a great morale booster,” she said. “I know we’re appreciated all year, but on this day in particular where we’re allowed to get away from our offices and see people we don’t normally see, it’s fun. Thanks [to the administration] for taking the time to appreciate us.”

The event is planned by a committee from across campus.

“The UGA Staff Appreciation Day event is an outstanding way for the University of Georgia to say thank you to our outstanding staff members,” said Arthur Tripp Jr., assistant to the president and chair of the planning committee. “This event is one that our planning committee looks forward to every year.”

Marie Mize, president of the Staff Council, echoed the sentiment of appreciation.

“We are extremely grateful to the Office of the President and to the Staff Appreciation Day Committee for a wonderful celebration,” she said. “It is a joyous event and is one more example of why the University of Georgia is a great place to work. Thank you everyone who helped make this year’s celebration so much fun.”