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The following is a list of events the University of North Dakota Staff Senate host annually.
Denim & Diamonds
The University of North Dakota's annual staff and faculty celebration Denim & Diamonds is hosted by UND Staff Senate. This year's event will take place at the Gorecki Alumni Center on Friday, September 25th, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Originating in 2010 as Emerald and Ice, 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 come 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 is live music; delicious gourmet appetizers; mock-gaming and bidding on numerous silent auction items. All proceeds raised during this event will go toward supporting Seeds for Staff Success. Our 2013 Denim and Diamonds event raised over $6500 for Seeds for Staff Success, which was generously matched by the President's Office. Seeds for Staff Success is a program designed to provide monetary assistance to UND benefited staff needing help to fund their professional development.
For the most up to date information on activities and silent auction items for the evening, follow UND Staff Senate Denim and Diamonds on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UNDStaffSenateDenimDiamonds
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.
2014 Review: Spring Fling was held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 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.
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.
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.
2013 Review: State Employee Recognition Week (SERW) was held September 9 through September 13, 2014.
Wednesday was Taco-in-a Bag day was hosted in the Ballroom at the Memorial Union. Taco in a bag brought a good turn-out as we served approximately 351 servings. We also took in $188.00 free will offering for the Northlands Rescue Mission.
Thursday was our Night Staff Appreciation breakfast, served at the Memorial Union Terrace Dining Room from 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM, and was well attended. We served 84 night staff employees a full breakfast.
Thursday was Pie & Ice Cream in the Loading Dock sponsored by Peter Johnson @ University Relations. We served about 347.
Homecoming / Potato Bowl Parades
2013 Parade Dates
Potato Bowl Parade September 7th
Homecoming Parade October 12th
Staff Senate participated in both the 2013 Homecoming and Potato Bowl parades, using an Exceptional U theme. Staff Senate's float won the "Best Theme" award during the Potato Bowl parade.
Click here for pictures of the 2012 Potato Bowl Parade.
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 600 raffle tickets at $20 each. A winner is drawn for each day of December. Monday through Friday winners receive $100 cash, new this year, Saturday winners will receive $250 cash and Sunday winners receive $500 cash. All proceeds go to provide professional development opportunities for UND benefited staff members.
Staff Development Program Committee Events
Workshops provide Staff Development opportunities.
Some example of this year's workshops included:
- Creating Positive Relationships through Effective Communication held in November 2013
- Email Etiquette which took place in December 2013 and April 2014
- A Blueprint for a Successful Job Search at UND which took place in March 2014
- How to Recognize Substance Abuse in the Workplace and What's Next took place in April 2014
Staff Development Program Committee continued the campus tours which have been a huge success and they included:
- Chester Fritz Special Collections which was held in October of 2013
- Studio 1 which took place in February of 2014
- Tour the New Information Technologies Building which was held in April 2014
- May Service Center Walking Tour which included 6 services centers, took place in May 2014
- Previous tours have included Gorecki Alumni Center, Hughes Fine Arts, EERC, Aerospace, Aerospace at the Airport, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Memorial Union, Facilities, and the Steam Plant.
The tours have been popular and will continue to get staff out of their offices and across campus to become more informed about the University.
Tubs of Love
Each year, the University of North Dakota's Staff Senate hosts the annual Tubs of Love donation drive. Senators disburse and monitor tubs throughout the UND Campus community during the months of November and December. This year, two local charities in the Greater Grand Forks community were chosen as Tubs of Love recipients—the CVIC and the Santa Claus Girls. Collected donations included toiletries for the CVIC and new children's toys (for ages 12 and under) for the Santa Claus Girls. The annual Tubs of Love donation drive The committee decided to do a personal care and toy drive this year that went to CVIC and Santa Claus Girls.
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