March is Staff Appreciation Month when UNT celebrates staff contributions with awards, celebrations, training sessions and networking opportunities, along with employee perks. It’s a month-long tribute to the excellent staff members who are the backbone of the university and it’s a great opportunity to say thanks, mingle and have fun.
Staff Appreciation Month Kickoff Breakfast
9:00-10:30 am on March 1, Presidential Suite, Union
Join us to celebrate the kickoff of Staff Appreciation Month! Mingle with your coworkers and enjoy a breakfast taco, coffee provided by campus Starbucks, and water. This event is come-and-go style.
Service Awards Ceremony and Reception
3:00 pm on March 2, Union Ballroom
UNT will recognize more than 500 employees who reached a milestone anniversary between five and 50 years of service with the university in calendar year 2016. Join us to celebrate this year’s honorees, followed by a reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres. Complimentary parking will be available in the Union Circle Parking Garage from 2-5 p.m.
Ice Cream Social
2:00-4:00 pm on March 7, Union Corner Store
Staff members are invited to join us for a come-and-go style ice cream social on Tuesday, March 7 in the Corner Store, located on the first floor of the Union, across from Barnes and Noble.
Frisco Tour and Reception
10:00 am-2:00 pm on March 10, New College at Frisco
Enjoy a fun-filled behind-the-scenes tour of the New College at Frisco! A reception with light lunch will immediately follow the tour. If you would like to attend, sign in to my.unt.edu, select the Human Resources tab, and select “Training Development”, “Training Enrollment”. Search by course number UP17FT, click “View Available Sessions”, and then register for this session. Transportation will be provided via buses to the first 36 people who sign up. Additional attendees are welcome, however you will have to provide your own transportation at your own expense (attendance is optional).
Pop Over for Popcorn
2:00-4:00 pm on March 16, Union Corner Store
Staff members are invited to pop over to the Corner Store, located on the first floor of the Union, and pick up a bag of popcorn on Thursday, March 16! This event is come-and-go style.
10:00 am-3:00 pm on March 23, Union Suite 333
Learn more about your health benefits and wellness as you visit with vendors at this tabling style event. There will be a drawing for door prizes, refreshments will be provided and Premier Corporate Wellness will be conducting cardiovascular screenings for staff members (please bring your UNT ID and insurance card to participate in the screenings).
8:00 – 9:30 am on March 25, Denton Campus
Staff members are invited to come and enjoy a walk/run (1, 3 and 5K) on campus. The Fun Run will take place in front of the Pohl Recreation Center and will begin at 8:00am. The first 50 staff members who complete the Fun Run will receive a free t-shirt and free one day pass to the Pohl Recreation Center! Refreshments will be provided. Sign in, select the Human Resources tab, and select “Training Development”, “Training Enrollment”. Search by course number UP17FR, click “View Available Sessions”, and then register for this session.
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
11:30am-1:00pm on March 30, Coliseum
Join us for the cornerstone event of Staff Appreciation Month! Staff receiving the following awards will be honored: Steve Miller Outstanding Employee, Rising Star, Diversity, UNT Spirit, Customer Service, and Student Success. Door prizes await – bring business cards to enter drawings! The luncheon will also be served at Discovery Park, and live streaming of the event will be available.
Menu: Beef and chicken fajitas with grilled vegetables, cilantro rice, seasoned beans, Mexican salad, chips and salsa will be served.
Various dates throughout March
Staff members can learn plenty of new skills and hobbies during Staff Appreciation Month. Register for any of the classes in the my.unt.edu portal:
- Step 1: Sign in to my.unt.edu
- Step 2: Select Human Resources tab
- Step 3: Select “Training and Development”
- Step 4: Select “Training Enrollment”
- Step 5: Search by course number
- Step 6: View the available sessions
- Step 7: Register for your desired session
Thank a Staff Member
One of the most effective ways to express appreciation is saying “thank you”. Even if most of the duties one performs are a normal part of the job, hearing thanks in a spontaneous and timely way can mean a lot to anyone. Show your gratitude and acknowledge an outstanding colleague through the “Thank a Staff Member” program. Take a minute or two to fill out a simple form by March 17 and submit to Human Resources by email. Responses will be collected and sent to the staff member before the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Excerpts from those forms may also be a part of a presentation during the luncheon on March 30.
Discovery Park Events
Events will be held at Discovery Park throughout the month. Details will be shared through the departments located at Discovery Park.
Department Level Celebrations
Departments are encouraged to hold appreciation events for staff during the month of March.
All Dining Halls through March
Enjoy $4.25 March Madness! Dining Services is offering $4.25 meals for staff and faculty for the entire month of March. The offer is valid at all dining halls at all meal times. The price does not include tax and UNT faculty or staff identification is required.
Student Health & Wellness Center Discounts
College Optical Express is offering UNT employees a 40% discount on frames and 25% discount on lenses for staff during the month of March! Lenses must be purchased with the frames and a valid prescription are both required to receive the discount (see COE staff for all terms and conditions). Eye exams are also available at regular rates for anyone in need of an updated prescription. The UNT Dental Office is a full-service practice that provides affordable, high-quality, and convenient dental care. They will be offering a $99 whitening special for faculty and staff in the month of March (offer must be mentioned at time of service to be honored, be sure to have your UNT ID with you). In addition, take advantage of lab specials available to faculty and staff each semester!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Staff Appreciation Month events would not be possible without the support of departments and volunteers across campus. Special thanks to:
- Office of the President
- Finance & Administration
- Transportation Services
- Academic Affairs
- University Information Services
- Facility Services
- Student Affairs
- Faculty Success
- Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science
- Research and Innovation
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Institutional Equity & Diversity
- College of Music
- College of Business
- College of Public Administration and Community Service
- Risk Management
- Mayborn School of Journalism
- Student Health and Wellness
- Dining Services
- University Relations, Communications, and Marketing
- Staff Appreciation Month Planning Committee members
- Event Volunteers