Fall kicks off with first President’s Staff Sack Lunch

The first President’s Staff Sack Lunch of the 2016-17 Academic Year was held Oct. 11 in the University Union Ballroom. Highlights of the event included:
  • Opening remarks by President Neal Smatresk regarding:
    • A 3 percent pool of funds set aside for merit raises that will take effect by March 2017.
    • A report that the Job Evaluation and Grading Project is nearing completion and results will be announced prior to the Spring President’s Staff Sack Lunch event.
    • Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act that will shift a percentage of UNT employees who are currently classified as exempt to non-exempt.
  • The presentation of a Lifesaving Award to Rahn Finley, food service manager at Champs Hall, for performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a Champs Hall patron who was choking. Rose Preston, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science director and the daughter of the choking victim, participated in presenting Finley with the award and giving her account of his heroic efforts that saved her mother’s life.
  • The presentation of the Staff Spirit Trophy to the Division of Research and Innovation for having the greatest percentage of employees attend the Oct. 8 football game between the Mean Green and Marshall University’s Thundering Herd. Research and Innovation will keep the traveling trophy – a Mean Green football helmet signed by Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Head Football Coach Seth Littrell and President Neal Smatresk – for the next year, when a new winner will be announced.
  • Recognition of two outstanding departments:
    • Division of Composition Studies in the College of Music
    • Prospect and Development Research in the Division of Advancement
  • Recognition of new employees attending their first President’s Staff Sack Lunch event
  • Recognition of the Soaring Eagle and Star Performer award winners
  • Remarks of appreciation of UNT to the staff by Baker and Littrell for attending the Oct. 8 game and for all the energy the staff brings to athletic events.
  • Questions and answers on topics ranging from the compensation study and budget issues to parking and the Faculty/Staff Tuition Program. Read questions from previous President’s Staff Sack Lunch events. Questions and answers from the Oct. 11 Staff Sack Lunch event will be added soon.
  • Door prizes were awarded, including tickets to a Dallas Cowboys football game on Dec. 26.