Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Dear UNT Staff,

Every March, UNT hosts Staff Appreciation Month, when we celebrate staff contributions with awards, learning sessions, networking opportunities and perks. It's a month-long tribute to staff members, who form the backbone of the university. This year's celebration is once again presented by DATCU.

The first big event honoring staff is the annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon and awards ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the UNT Coliseum. Join us for a fajita luncheon, door prizes, activities and the presentation of UNT's 2022 Staff Appreciation Awards. The come-and-go event is designed so staff can attend in shifts while maintaining necessary coverage in their offices. At 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., President Neal Smatresk will make brief remarks and recognize this year's awardees.

Throughout the month, staff members can learn new skills and pursue various hobbies in the Staff Appreciation Month Learning Sessions. Participation in most of the sessions requires registration in UNT Bridge.

In addition to sponsoring several of the Learning Sessions, UNT's Staff Senate is providing some giveaways throughout the month, including free snacks and make-your-own Zen garden kits. Learn more about these events and the Staff Senate-sponsored Learning Sessions.

As Staff Appreciation Month continues, UNT will host the annual Service Awards Ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the University Union Ballroom 314. During this event, UNT will recognize more than 550 employees who reached a milestone anniversary between 5 and 45 years of service with the university in calendar year 2021.

Also, throughout the month of March, Dining Services is offering discounted all-you-care-to-eat meals for staff and faculty. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at BruceteriaChamps and Mean Greens Café for $6.50 plus tax at the door with your valid UNT ID. Or visit Kitchen West for $5.95 plus tax. See dining hall hours.

Finally, don't miss a seven-day free trial membership at the Pohl Recreation Center any time in March and free group exercise classes March 6-13 for Rec Sports members, including those with a trial membership. To activate your free seven-day trial, log in to the UNT Rec Sports Member Portal, select “Faculty Staff Free Week,” choose the date you would like your free trial of seven consecutive days to begin, and enter the promo code SAM7DAY before checking out to bring the price to $0.00. The promo code will be available today through March 31. View and register for free classes, and enter the promo code SAMGX when you check out.

Be sure to keep an eye on UNT Today to see what's happening campus-wide for Staff Appreciation Month throughout March.

Happy Staff Appreciation Month!