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The following is a list of events the University of North Dakota Staff Senate host annually.
Denim & Diamonds
Tickets now on sale for UND's 'Denim & Diamonds' Staff and Faculty celebration on Friday, October 4th, 2013
Tickets are now on sale for the University of North Dakota's annual staff and faculty celebration Denim & Diamonds hosted by UND Staff Senate. Tickets are $10.00 and only 200 will be sold. This year's event will take place at the Gorecki Alumni Center on Friday, October 4th, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Originating in 2010, this annual celebration was initiated for the purpose of building bridges across campus by bringing people from all disciplines and employment categories together in one setting. During this event, the UND family comes together to network, celebrate, mingle and learn more about each other in a fun and relaxed setting. The celebration is open to all UND staff, faculty, family and friends and the attire is denim or diamonds or a combination of both. There will be live music; delicious gourmet appetizers; mock-gaming; the opportunity to participate in the "diamond in a box" event for a chance to win a custom diamond jewelry piece designed by Hilary Klinicke of K&J Jewelry; and bid on numerous silent auction items. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UNDStaffSenateDenimDiamonds for an update on silent auction items. All proceeds raised during this event will go toward supporting Seeds for Staff Success. Seeds for Staff Success is a program designed to provide monetary assistance to UND benefited staff needing help to fund their professional development. Please contact any staff senator or Trish Hodny, Chair of Denim and Diamonds, at 777.6265 or email@example.com to reserve your tickets.
Spring Fling is a luncheon held annually (in the Spring) at the end of the school year, with food served by Staff Senators, which provides a time for employees to take time out to eat and visit with fellow employees.
2013 Review: Spring Fling was held on Friday, May 3, 2013 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This year we served pulled pork sandwiches, veggie burgers, chips, pickles, fruit and lemonade. In the morning there was a Night Staff Appreciation Breakfast that included a full breakfast and is always a nice event and appreciated by the staff.
2012 Review: Spring Fling was held on Friday, April 27, 2012 in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union. This year we served BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, veggie burgers, potato salad, chips, pickles, fruit, Coke products, water and assorted ice cream bars. There were approximately 550 staff members that attended this event. Non-perishable food and items were collected to give to the local food shelves. A Staff Senate slide show played throughout the event. The 2012 Spring Fling was held in conjunction with Work Well and their Health & Wellness Fair.
Friday morning April 27, 2012 there was a Night Staff Appreciation Breakfast that was held in the Terrace for those staff members that work during the night time hours of 11 pm to 7 am. There were about 88 staff members that attended this event.
2011 Review: Spring Fling was held on Friday, May 6th at the Memorial Union Ballroom. This year we served sloppy joes, veggie burgers, potato salad, chips, pickles, fruit, coke products, water, and assorted ice cream bars to approximately 600 employees. A table was set up to sell COSE clothing in addition to two tables set up for free will offering and/or non-perishable food items to donate to local food shelves. Two hundred and fifteen pounds of food was donated to St Vincent DePaul, along with $181.32. A Staff Senate slide show ran throughout the event, The Diers entertained with live music, and balloons were donated by the Memorial Union Sign & Design shop for a festive look. The 2011 Spring Fling was held in conjunction with WorkWell and their health and wellness fair. WorkWell would like to join with us next year.
Click here for past Spring Fling pictures.
State Employee Recognition Week
Held in September, State Employee Recognition Week is an entire week dedicated to all people employed by the State of North Dakota. Staff Senate/COSE sponsors several events during this week-long celebration including, Taco in the Bag lunch; Night Staff Appreciation Breakfast; and a Courtyard Picnic with Pie & Ice Cream.
September 9 - 13, 2013
View the 2013 Promotional Flyer
Taco in a Bag
Wednesday, September 11th
11:30pm - 1:00 pm
Memorial Union Ballroom
Includes: Beef taco meat, chips, assorted toppings, beverage, and fruits and vegetables (from
Night Staff Appreciation Breakfast
Thursday, September 12th
6:00am - 7:00am
Terrace Dining Room, lower level of the Union
Pie & Ice Cream
Thursday, September 12th
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Loading Dock, Memorial Union
2012 Review: State Employee Recognition Week (SERW) was held September 10 through September 14, 2012.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 approximately 388 staff were served Taco in a Bag; also the Work Well Committee provided sliced fruits and vegetables as a healthy addition to our menu.
Wednesday, September 12 we served 93 Night Staff at a Breakfast that was held for them in the Terrace Cafeteria.
Thursday, September 13 we held the Courtyard Picnic in the Ballroom and served about 395 staff members. For the Picnic event we had pie and ice cream for dessert that was provided by Peter Johnson and the University Relations Department.
In addition to the food celebrations – There was a Scavenger Hunt that started on Monday and went through Thursday: Things 2C@UND. This was put together by the COSE committee as something more in the fitness category that staff could participate in and also provide some knowledge of the campus. There were 22 participants in this event; those that finished the course submitted their completed form and prizes were given to 3 staff members. (A random drawing was held) This was a popular event and maybe held again next year.
Friday was Wear your Colors Day ranging from 1-25+ years.
The charity this year was the Listen Drop-In Center of Grand Forks - $140.00 dollars was collected and donated to them.
Homecoming / Potato Bowl Parades
2013 Parade Dates
Potato Bowl Parade September 7th
Homecoming Parade October 12th
Staff Senate participated in both the 2012 and 2011 Homecoming and Potato Bowl parades.
Click here for pictures of the 2011 Homecoming Parade.
Click here for pictures of the 2011 Potato Bowl Parade.
31 Days of Glory
During October and November, Staff Senators sell 500 raffle tickets at $20 each. A winner is drawn for each day of December. Monday through Saturday winners receive $100 cash and Sunday winners receive $500 cash. All proceeds go to provide scholarships for dependents of UND staff members.
Staff Development Program Committee Events
Informational Campus Tours
Staff can sign up for the tours through U2. Recently there was a walking tour of the cultural centers. Previous tours have included; Hughes Fine Arts, many tours of the new Gorecki Alumni Center, EERC, Aerospace, Aerospace at the Airport, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Memorial Union, Facilities, and the Steam Plant. This has been popular and will continue to get staff out of their office and across campus to get more informed about the University.
Fall 2013 Workshop and Campus Tours TBA
Workshops provide Staff Development opportunities and this year's workshops included:
- Goal Setting Workshop took place in October 2012
- Bullying in the Workplace held in January 2013
- Act the Interview was held during the month of March 2013
Mentorship Program and Staff Ambassador Program
The Mentorship Program is being developed in collaboration with Human Resources, U2 Program, Memorial Union Director, and Staff Senate. The first push will be to develop a proposal for the University administration to review regarding the need for a Mentorship Program. The Ambassador Program is still in progress and will follow the Mentorship Program proposal.
Donation Drive and Potluck
The annual potluck was held on December 12, 2012 with President and Mrs. Kelley in attendance. The annual donation drive was held to sponsor a food and personal care drive for the St. Joseph's Social Care and Thrift Store.
Sponsored U2 Events
U2 Is the University Within the University. Many classes and workshops are offered by the University to employees. Staff Senate sponsors several of these events. You can check out the current sessions at: http://u2.und.edu/sessions or you can download a pdf of the current U2 newsletter at: http://u2.und.edu/docs/u2-newsletter.pdf