Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Dear UNT Staff,

Every March, we have the honor of celebrating UNT staff contributions during Staff Appreciation Month. Our staff members are the backbone of the university and critical to helping our students succeed, and all month we get to celebrate you with awards, learning sessions, networking opportunities and other perks.

As you know, we recently rolled out a new set of values for our entire UNT System, and setting aside a month to recognize the contributions of our staff is one way we demonstrate to you one of those values — We Care. Please know that I care about you and am appreciative of all your hard work and dedicated service.

The monthlong celebration has several key events, so please plan to take the time to participate and join in. The first big event honoring staff is the annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon and awards ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the UNT Coliseum. We’ll enjoy a fajita luncheon, door prizes, activities and the presentation of UNT’s 2023 Staff Appreciation Awards.

UNT will host the annual Service Awards Ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the University Union Ballroom 314. During this event, UNT will recognize 535 employees who reached a milestone anniversary between 5 and 55 years of service with the university in calendar year 2022. It’s incredible to learn about what all these individuals have accomplished during their time with us.

Throughout the rest of the month, staff members can learn new skills and pursue various hobbies during various Learning Sessions and Dining Services is offering discounted all-you-care-to-eat meals for staff and faculty. And don’t forget to show your appreciation for your colleagues with our Kudoboard, where you can leave your words of thanks, praise, and appreciation.

I know there is always plenty of work to do, but I encourage you to take some much-deserved time to recharge, relax, reconnect with your peers this month. Be sure to keep an eye on UNT Today for more information throughout the month. Again, thank you for all you do, and happy Staff Appreciation Month!

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk