Staff Appreciation Month Events 2019

Kickoff Breakfast

9-10 a.m. on March 1, University Union, Room 333 at Discovery Park, Engineering Dean’s Conference Room

Join us to celebrate the kickoff of Staff Appreciation Month! Mingle with your coworkers and enjoy a breakfast taco, coffee, and water. This event is come-and-go style. Two types of breakfast tacos will be served: potato, egg & cheese and bacon, egg & cheese.

Service Awards Ceremony and Reception

3 p.m. on March 5, University Union, Room 314

UNT will recognize more than 400 employees who reached a milestone anniversary between 5 and 50 years of service with the university in calendar year 2018. Join us to celebrate this year’s honorees, followed by a reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres.

Frisco Campus Tour

11 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 8, UNT at Frisco

Enjoy an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the UNT at Frisco Hall Park’s innovative learning spaces and a relaxing walk through Hall Park’s beautiful Texas Sculpture Garden. The garden is a significant and unique collection which includes 40 contemporary works by many prominent Texas artists and is recognized as the largest collection of its kind ever assembled. Sign up for this tour using Note: Two sessions are available – One includes shuttle transportation for the first 13 people to register; the other includes transportation on your own.

College of Visual Arts & Design Tour

11a.m.-12 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. on March 11

Enjoy a fun-filled tour of the newly renovated College of Visual Arts and Design! The tour will showcase the building’s expansion and new, innovative spaces where our students learn and create. A reception with light refreshments is included. Registration is required for the tour through the Learning Portal at

Self-Care and Mental Health Awareness Week

March 18-22, Various Locations

Practicing self-care is important to achieving work-life balance and an overall healthy well-being. Join us for a week of self-care and mental health awareness activities and learning sessions, hosted by the Counseling and Testing Center! Participation requires registration by following the Learning Sessions instructions below.

Ice Cream Social

2-4 p.m. on March 27, Union Corner Store and at Discovery Park Grill- Park Place Market

Staff members are invited to join us for a come-and-go style ice cream social! Enjoy UNT’s own homemade Scrappy’s Ice Cream in your favorite flavors, including classic vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and lemon ice non-dairy dessert.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1p.m. on April 2, Coliseum & Discovery Park

Join us for the cornerstone event of Staff Appreciation Month! Staff receiving the following awards will be honored: Steve Miller Outstanding Employee, Rising Star, 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 Frisco, and live streaming of the event will be available. Menu: Beef and chicken fajitas, grilled vegetables, Mexican salad, cilantro rice, seasoned beans, chips and salsa will be served.

Fun Run, Staff Senate Picnic and Green & White Football Game

April 6, Apogee Stadium

Mark your calendars for a fun Saturday! Staff members, their friends and family are invited to enjoy a Fun Run/Walk around Apogee Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. starting at Gate Four. Immediately following the Fun Run will be a Staff Appreciation Picnic hosted by the Staff Senate. Then, enjoy tailgating activities and the annual Spring Game at Apogee Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.

Learning Sessions

Various dates throughout March

Staff members can learn plenty of new skills and hobbies throughout Staff Appreciation Month. Registering is easy! Sign up for any of the Learning Sessions using

Step 1: Once logged in use “Find Learning” or click on the Compass icon (top right corner) and select “Learning Home”.

Step 2: Select “Find Learning” or “Search for Learning” and search/filter as needed (Tip: filter by the Category “Staff Appreciation”).

Step 3: Click the “Enroll” button to register for the desired session(s).

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 be very meaningful. Show your gratitude and acknowledge an outstanding colleague through the “Thank a Staff Member” program. Take a moment to fill out a simple form and submit to Human Resources by March 15. Responses will be collected and sent to the staff member before the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Excerpts from those forms will also be displayed during the luncheon on April 2.

Discovery Park and UNT at Frisco Events

Events will be held at Discovery Park and the New College at Frisco throughout the month. Details will be shared through the departments located at both locations.

Department Level Celebrations

Departments are encouraged to hold appreciation events for staff during the month of March. There are many ways to provide meaningful recognition for staff members and their contributions to the university community. Need ideas for recognition activities? Access helpful hints and put recognition on the R.I.S.E. in each department here!

Dining Discount

All Dining Halls through March

Enjoy March Madness Meals! Dining Services is offering $4.75 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.