Events planned throughout March to celebrate UNT staff

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, 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.


Health Fair                                                                                    

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).


Fun Run                                                                                                

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.


Learning Sessions                                                     

Various dates throughout March

See a complete list of Learning Sessions.  

Staff members can learn plenty of new skills and hobbies during Staff Appreciation Month. Register for any of the classes in the portal:

  • Step 1: Sign in to
  • 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.


Dining Discount                                                                                                            

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                                                                           

Throughout March

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
  • Housing
  • Transportation Services
  • Academic Affairs
  • University Information Services
  • Facility Services
  • Police
  • Student Affairs
  • Advancement
  • Libraries
  • Enrollment
  • 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